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Film, Panel Discussion to Focus on Pesticide Reduction

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Doctor, Environmentalists to Talk Lawn Care on June 14 in Potomac, Md.

Dr. Alan Vinitsky will be among the panelists at the June 14 event in Maryland.

Dr. Alan Vinitsky will be among the panelists at the June 14 event in Maryland.

POTOMAC, MD. — As May turns toward June the dandelions go to seed and the clover begins to flower on lawns across the Chesapeake Bay region. That inevitable seasonal cycle sends many homeowners into frenzies in search of a quick chemical solution to the perceived weed problem.

Not so fast, says a group of environmental, health and community organizations gathering for a movie screening and panel discussion on June 14 at the Wayside Elementary School at 7 p.m. With the school year ending and children heading home for the summer, it’s essential to keep residential landscapes as safe as possible.

Glenstone, an art museum in Potomac, Md., has been treating its landscape with organic methods for the past year.

Glenstone, an art museum in Potomac, Md., has been treating its landscape with organic methods for the past year.

Hosted by Glenstone, a museum in Potomac, Md., the free event will feature the film, A Chemical Reaction, about the anti-lawn pesticide movement that is sweeping across Canada and the United States. The panel discussion will be moderated by the film’s producer and star, Paul Tukey, who is North America’s leading advocate for natural lawn care.

The founder of SafeLawns.org, is scheduled to be joined on the panel by internist Dr. Alan Vinitsky from Enlightened Medicine, Meisotis Curtis from Montgomery County Rainscapes and veterinarian Diana Post from the Rachel Carson Council, as well as Mitch Baker from the American Plant Food Company in Bethesda, Md., which made the groundbreaking decision not to sell chemical weed killers more than a decade ago.

“At Glenstone, where our focus is the seamless integration of art, architecture and landscape, we have made the decision to convert that landscape to natural management and then share what we have learned with the local and regional community,” said Glenstone representative Tony Cerveny. “This event on June 14 will present a tremendous opportunity to network with national and community leaders who are concerned with keeping toxins out of the environment. It’s also a great chance to learn about new, innovative techniques and natural products to keep landscapes beautiful.”

The Emmy nominated film, A Chemical Reaction, tells the story of Hudson, Quebec, the first community in North America to ban lawn and garden products such as Roundup and weed ’n feed. After winning a legal fight all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court, the same bans have now been adopted in more than 80 percent of Canada. An increasing number of American municipalities have now enacted bans on public property and just last week the state of New York enacted a statewide ban on the application of weed killers on school grounds and playing fields.

“Using natural products and techniques on your property doesn’t mean you have to accept all weeds on your lawn, nor does it have to cost more,” said Tukey, author of the best-selling book known as The Organic Lawn Care Manual. “We show people how to make a safe, beautiful transition to a property that is safer for people, pets and the planet.”

About The Author

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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