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Happy Birthday, Angie

I promise I won't do this every month, but since so many of you have sent along great such great wishes, I thought I'd post this shot of Angie with her big sister, Aimee, on her 1 month birthday. ...

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EPA to Reward Water Conservation

Wendy Bounds of the Wall Street Journal broke another story today about an EPA plan to reward water conservation in new home construction. Part of that plan involves lawn reduction, which automatically has Scott MiracleGro denouncing the idea as "unscientific." Check it out: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203278404574416990861394378.html ...

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Dr. Greene to Host California Premiere of A Chemical Reaction

WINE COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL Documentary Explores Lawn Pesticide Safety Issues SONOMA, CALIF. — As ubiquitous in the United States as lawn mowers and rakes, weed and insect killers are often thought to be as benign as a garden hose. Not so, according to one of the nation’s leading pediatricians featured in a documentary movie set for its California premiere at the Wine Country Film Festival. “I believe that m ...

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Imidacloprid: What You Must Know Now

Pesticide Implicated in Widespread Bee Deaths While environmental activists including the SafeLawns Foundation claimed a temporary victory Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the emerging battle concerning the widespread use of imidacloprid in Worcester, Mass., beekeepers and many other observers across North America are deeply concerned about the precedents being set in the rural community. As the threat of exotic inva ...

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Activists Stall Worcester Pesticide Plan

Under pressure from SafeLawns, the Pesticide Action Network and especiallly the Toxics Action Network — which testified in person — authorities from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture delayed a vote on whether or not to allow extensive soil drenching of imidacloprid across 15 square miles of Worcester, Mass. Check back by noon tomorrow for an extensive review of the situation, which continues to gr ...

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Study Links 2,4-D to Parkinsons

The news media was abuzz yesterday with the release of yet another study linking pesticides with Parkinson's disease. Eight pesticides were studied, including 2,4-D, which is the active ingredient in the majority of weed 'n feed products in the U.S. Check on this link: http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/09/15/pesticides-linked-to-parkinsons.html ...

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Moment of Truth Today in Worcester Pesticide Travesty

Today at 9:30 government officials in Boston will decide whether or not to allow the drenching of 15 square miles of imidacloprid to eradicate the Asian longhorn beetle. SafeLawns, joined by the Toxics Action Center and the Pesticide Action Network of North America, called for citizens to speak out. The local media jumped on the story in these two articles today: http://www.telegram.com/article/20090916/NEW ...

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Correct Fertilizer Ratio?

I received this question to my personal email today from Barbara Card of Amesbury, Mass., and I think it's a good one to answer so everyone can see: "I know organic fertilizers are the way to go, and I'm hearing that a lot of landscape companies are using organic fertilizers because they cost less, but I'm on a Conservation Commission here in Massachusetts and am trying to be very specific about the ratios ...

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PANNA Joins Effort to Block Worcester Drenching

PRESS RELEASE UPDATED FROM 9/11: www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2009/09/pesticide-emergency-in-worcester-mass/ To take action, please read that post! Groups Oppose Drenching of Pesticide in Massachusetts Banned in Europe, Imidacloprid Linked to Colony Collapse Disorder WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national public awareness group known as Pesticide Action Network North America today joined The SafeLawns Foundati ...

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Introducing: Lawn Reform Coalition

In a great coup for lawn growers everywhere, a group of leading landscape communicators — including yours truly — announce the formation of the Lawn Reform Coalition (www.LawnReform.org). Similar in mission to SafeLawns.org, the coalition brings a breadth of knowledge with participants from California, to Florida, to Washington, D.C. Check it out and let me know what you think. ...

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