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Northwest Lawn & Garden Pesticide Summit Set For Seattle


National Leaders to Focus on Emerging Legislation, Product Alternatives

SEATTLE — Amidst an avalanche of disturbing scientific data and proposals of sweeping legislative reform, North America’s leaders in the lawn and garden alternative pesticide industry will gather in Seattle, June 4, for the first Northwest Lawn & Garden Pesticide Summit.

Presented by the Rodale Institute, the Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals and The SafeLawns Foundation, the day-long event will bring together concerned citizens, lawn and land care companies, elected officials and the media. Among the topics of discussion will be the Childs Safe Playing Fields Act that has been enacted or proposed in five Eastern states, as well as Colony Collapse Disorder in bees and emerging information about chemical weed killers and the least toxic alternatives.

“The goal of the summit is to create awareness of the health hazards and environmental degradation associated with pesticides, and to strategize ways to reduce their use, including changes in policy and legislation,” said Howard Harrison, a founding member of the Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals. “Our message: Take action to reduce the cosmetic use of pesticides in our environment — especially where children are most at risk.”

Among the scheduled presentations at the University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE, Seattle, will be a keynote from Paul Tukey, the founder of The SafeLawns Foundation, a leading national voice in the organic lawn care movement. Others expected to present are the founders of emerging natural pesticide manufacturers, EcoSMART Technologies and Natural Industries, as well as representatives of the Rodale Institute of Emmaus, Pa., the birthplace of the organic movement in the United States in 1947.

CONTACT: If you have questions or if you would like to participate in planning the event please contact Nancy Morrison at (206) 362-8947 or The event will be geared for residents of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, yet anyone will be welcomed.

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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