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“The Corporation” Reveals How Much Control Monsanto Has Over What Gets Reported in the News

The Corporation is a documentary that was released in 2003. Since then, it has received numerous accolades, including "Best Documentary" Genie Award. Part of the film includes a ten-minute segment with FOX news investigative reporters, Steve Wilson and Jane Akre. "The Investigators" was to be a supplemental news program for Fox Broadcasting Company station WTVT in Tampa, Florida. Wilson and Akre decided the ...

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New York Ban on Pesticides Goes Into Effect

Starting today, children will be safer across the state of New York. The Child Safe Playing Fields Act, which goes into effect today, prevents all k-12 schools and daycare facilities from using pesticides on their properties. According to the new law, "No school shall apply pesticide to any playgrounds, turf, athletic, or playing fields." Turf has been defined as any area of grass, so even a patch of lawn i ...

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Report Rates Strength of Canadian Pesticide Bans

Although approximately 80 percent of Canadians now live under the protection of some sort of restriction on weed killers and other pesticides, not all of the laws and ordinances are created equally. Today the David Suzuki Foundation issued a report ranking the strength of the bans in the six different provinces that have regulated these toxic chemical products: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2011/05/ ...

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Guest Blog: A Maine Call to Arms: Act Now to Protect Children From Pesticides

This is a report filed by Ellen Fine, an anti-pesticide activist from New Hampshire, who has consulted across North America on legislative issues related to lawn pesticides. She is also founder of the Leah Collective that has compiled a massive report on scientific reports linking pesticides to myriad health risks. If you are interested, email Paul@SafeLawns.org and we'll send it along. To Our Friends in Ma ...

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200,000 Voices: Keep Pesticide Out of Strawberries

For immediate release: May 13, 2011 CONTACTS: Kathryn Gilje, Pesticide Action Network North America, cell 415-235-9437 Paul Towers, Pesticide Watch Education Fund, cell 916-216-1082 Tracey Brieger, Californians for Pesticide Reform, cell 415-215-5473 As national public comment period closes on methyl iodide, US EPA urged to ban methyl iodide and support green farming WASHINGTON, DC—As part of a public comme ...

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Pesticide Industry Strips Bill of Clean Water Protections

Industry lobbyists managed to convince many in the House of Representatives to vote for H.R. 872, the so-called "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011". Under the guise of reducing government regulation, lobbyists have now made it to the Senate with this bill, which would effectively strip all waterway protection from dangerous pesticides. Read more from this blog at Natural Resources Defense Council: Pes ...

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Vegetable Gardening This Year? Check Out This List

[caption id="attachment_3344" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="Dancer from Johnny's Selected Seeds is one of the best eggplants on the market today."][/caption] Johnny's Selected Seeds in Albion, Maine, runs the most extensive trials of any significant seed company in North America. The company's technicians have lots of goals in evaluating crops — everything from yield, to drought and disease resista ...

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Pioneering Garden Center Still Going Strong with NO Pesticides

[caption id="attachment_3332" align="alignleft" width="526" caption="Skip Shorb said the recurring incidence of cancer in his family led to the ground-breaking decision to send pesticides packing and adopt compost tea as his garden center's primary product."][/caption] American Plant's Top Product? Compost Tea In my career in the horticulture industry I would guestimate that I've been to at least 2,000 gard ...

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