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Espoma Honored for Environmental Commitment

[caption id="attachment_4843" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This is the original Espoma warehouse from 1929. (courtesy of Espoma)"][/caption] While an organic industry has literally grown up around it in the past quarter century, the oldest American company in the natural lawn and garden sector continues to be recognized for its innovative leadership. [caption id="attachment_4844" align="alignleft" ...

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Connecticut Firm to Develop New Tick Control

EcoSMART Tick Control Remains Best Currently Available Safe Product With gardening season seemingly breaking early in the Northeastern areas of the United States, tick control is once again front and center for homeowners and landscapers concerned about the lyme disease epidemic. News of a new organic tick control product out of Connecticut late last week sounded promising. However, the product — derived fr ...

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China May Say No to GMO Crops

Although the nation has a less-than-stellar environmental reputation in some circles, China had the environmental community applauding loudly this week with the announcement that the government proposes to ban genetically modified crops: http://ecowatch.org/2012/china-hammers-nails-into-the-ge-coffin/ ...

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New Book Celebrates Outdoor Childhood Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TAG, TOSS & RUN: 40 CLASSIC LAWN GAMES PROMO VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cac4kCAMm0w As children growing up on farms in rural Maine, Victoria Rowell and Paul Tukey say there were unaware of a social transformation that began in 1972 with the launch of the world’s first video game known as Pong. Forty years later the co-authors are bringing their memories to life with the publ ...

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Doctor: The Best Treatment for Pesticide Related Illnesses is Avoidance of the Toxins

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Dr. Alan Vinitsky, left, testifies on behalf of pesticide reduction during Monday's hearing. He was flanked by Joshua Kramer, a pesticide operator who spoke against the bill, and Janet Whitman, a local citizen who advocated for a ban that would extend to private property."][/caption] Among the presenters on Monday, Feb. 27, at a District o ...

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DC Considers Making Pesticide History

Bill Would Place Nation's Capitol at Forefront of Pesticide Reduction [caption id="attachment_4812" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="Dr. Jerome Paulson of the Children's National Medical Center testifies on behalf of pesticide reduction on Monday, flanked by Dr. Jennifer Sass of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Paul Tukey of the Safe Lawns Foundation on Monday. (Chris Weiss photos)"][/caption ...

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NRDC Renews Call to Ban Most Common Lawn Weed Killer

Center for Food Safety Asks for Public Comment to Fight Increased Use of 2,4-D What would you think of a product that had these types of warnings on the label: "EMERGENCY OVERVIEW: WARNING-POISON . . . Keep out of reach of children . . . Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing . . . Do not inhale fumes?" What if the product can cause these kinds of ailments, as described by the manufacturer on the Materi ...

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Trying to Ban Pesticides? Get Your Strategy Correct First

It's been a full generation now, 21 years this May, since the town of Hudson, Quebec, became the first community in North America to ban pesticides — weed killers, insect killers and fungicides used for aesthetic purposes. And it's amazing that now, all these years later, the same exact arguments that preceded the Hudson prohibition in the 1980s are being played out in town after town in North America every ...

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Scotts Lawn Service Fined $160,000 for Intentionally Polluting Water

Coming just a month after Scotts Miracle Gro pleaded guilty in federal court to falsifying documents and selling bird seed tainted with pesticide, a the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Pennsylvania branch of Scotts Lawn Service $160,000 for dumping its waste water directly into a stream. In June of 2010 a Scotts employee built a syphon system to drain a tank of remaining weed ...

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Steingraber’s New Book Reissues Call for Protection from Pesticides

As a modern-day Rachel Carson, she is the titular queen of the environmental movement in the United States today. As a mom, she faces many of the same challenges that all of us encounter in an insanely busy world. In one month, Dr. Sandra Steingraber will keynote the 30th annual convention of Beyond Pesticides in New Haven, Ct. Between now and then, she'll be promoting her third excellent book, Raising Elij ...

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