Film: A Chemical Reaction & Discussion w/Paul Tukey, May 25th
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
6:30 PM, Cape Elizabeth Town Hall
Paul Tukey’s award-winning 2009 documentary film, A Chemical Reaction, will be shown. It tells the compelling story of Hudson, Quebec, the first town in North America to ban lawn and garden chemicals. Mr. Tukey and other local natural lawn care experts will be present to discuss natural lawn care and hands-on environmental stewardship.
The event is free.
It is sponsored by Cape Cool, a local group working on environmental and climate change issues.
There is increasing concern about the health and environmental effects of pesticide and herbicide use. In our efforts to rid our crops, homes, and gardens of weeds and pests, we have surrounded ourselves with mixtures of chemicals with only minimal understanding of how they affect our health.
Annually, Americans use more than 4.5 billion pounds of pesticides. Each year, thousands of people in the U.S. become ill as a result of acute pesticide poisoning. Yet we are just beginning to understand that even low levels of pesticide exposure can be hazardous. Studies have linked low level pesticide exposure to cancer, damage to the nervous and reproductive systems, developmental and behavioral abnormalities including AD/HD, disruption of normal hormonal function, and immune dysfunction. Three separate studies published last month linked pesticide exposure during pregnancy to decreased IQ in children.
Paul Tukey, a Maine resident, is an internationally-recognized critic of garden chemical use, and proponent of natural lawn and garden-care methods. Mr. Tukey’s concern about pesticides and herbicides began with his own experience with acute chemical sensitivity to products he used in his lawn care business. He went on to found the magazine and TV show, People, Places & Plants, and subsequently the non-profit SafeLawns Foundation,which promotes natural lawn care methods, and is the author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual. For more information on the May 25th event, contact Carol Hubbard at 207-650-9911