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Pesticide Nanotechnology on the Horizon: EPA Proposes First Policy

Nanotechnology, also known as molecular manufacturing (MM),  is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The comparative size of a nanometer to a meter is the same as that of a marble to the size of the earth. Developed in the 1980's, nanotechnology is already being used in some areas, as in the manufacture of polymers- used to make plastic, concrete, glass, and rubber. Nanotechnol ...

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First-ever Awakenings Festival in Hudson on June 19

The Gazette Friday, June 10, 2011 The first-ever Awakening Festival takes place June 18 in Hudson, with speakers from across the United States and Canada. The festival will focus on human and planetary health, with a special emphasis on ways to make positive impacts in local communities, according to event founder Lianne Bridges. The festival includes workshops, music, dance, an outdoor marketplace, 14 gues ...

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New Film Brings Bee Plight to Light Through Brilliant Photography

The director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John has just released his latest, award-winning Queen of the Sun, which highlights the tragedy of colony collapse disorder taking place around the globe. Utilizing his photography talents, Taggart Siegel  juxtaposes "the catastrophic disappearance of bees with the mysterious world of the beehive," while weaving "an unusual and dramatic story of the heart-felt struggl ...

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Kiss My . . . Grass

I've been off on the road lately, helping to conduct the first Northwest Lawn & Garden Pesticide Summit in Seattle and then consulting with alternative energy and lawn care companies in Florida. So I'm behind on my emails and blogging. I have to admit, though, that this photo caught my attention in my in-box. In protest of her neighbors' spraying of synthetic chemicals on their lawn, this SafeLawns supporte ...

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Report: Regulators Knew Glyphosate Caused Birth Defects

Don Huber, an emeritus professor at Purdue University and retired U.S. Army Colonel, was virtually ignored after writing a letter in January to Tom Vilsack, head of the USDA, about the environmental and animal health dangers associated with the use of glyphosate and requesting a moratorium on deregulating crops genetically altered to be immune to Roundup. Dr. Huber was sent a polite letter in response, and, ...

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NIOSH Study Reveals Pesticide Drift Dangers

Results being released from a new study completed by the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health confirms the risk faced by agricultural workers who are exposed to airborne drifts of pesticides. Published on-line in Environmental Health Perspectives, the study, titled "Acute pesticide illnesses associated with off-target pesticide drift from agricultural applications — 11 States, 1998–2006," ...

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CU- Boulder’s Bold Move

It began in 2002 with an integrated pest management policy. Now the University of Colorado- Boulder is making its boldest move yet. Frank Bruno, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Administration, announced that it will be phasing out its use of herbicides on campus fields, and instead treating grounds with a more natural "compost tea," a liquid that can be used as both a fertilizer and to prevent plant diseas ...

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Jessica Alba and Local Mom Urge Senator Scott Brown to Support “Safe Chemicals Act”

Last week Dedham, MA mother and cancer activist, Erin Boles, joined celebrity spokeswoman Jessica Alba to urge  Scott Brown to support the "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011", introduced as a bill in April by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D- NJ). The Safe Chemicals Act, a bill now in the Senate, would overhaul the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is widely perceived to have failed to protect publ ...

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Plaintiffs Across the Country Band Together Against Monsanto

"Society stands on the precipice of forever being bound to transgenic agriculture and transgenic food." So begins the amended complaint brought against Monsanto this month by the Public Patent Foundation, a public interest group representing 84 plaintiffs from New England across the country to the Pacific Northwest. The complaint describes Monsanto's "aggressive patent assertion behavior" and includes a num ...

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SafeLawns Talk Slated for June 13 in Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Glenstone Brings Tukey for Pesticide Reduction Seminar WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the application of toxic pesticides in the Chesapeake Bay region, America’s leading expert on natural lawn care will present a free educational lecture titled “SafeLawns: Why & How to Create a Beautiful Landscape Naturally” on Monday, June 13. Sponsored by Glenstone, a non ...

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