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Did You Know the Chemical Lawn Care Industry Was Born On . . .

I've told this story in countless speeches and articles for the past few years, ever since I interviewed the heirs of the founders of the original ChemLawn company of Troy, Ohio. This newspaper writer from British Columbia was particularly fascinated with how the lawn chemical industry fully launched in the United States and Canada: http://www.bclocalnews.com/community/120653734.html ...

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Whirlwind Canadian Tour Moves to British Columbia

[caption id="attachment_3191" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="Paul Tukey appeared in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday afternoon for the city's premiere of the film A Chemical Reaction. (MetroNews photo)"][/caption] Representatives of the Environmental Law Centre, the Canadian Cancer Society and the non-profit law group EcoJustice gathered Sunday for a robust conversation about a cosmetic pesticide ban that ...

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A Chemical Reaction Nominated for Three Emmys

Director Brett Plymale announced this morning that he has received notification of three Emmy nominations for the film A Chemical Reaction about the first town in North America to ban lawn and garden pesticides. The film, shot and edited during 2008-2009, premiered at North American film festivals late in 2009 and early 2010 before embarking on a series of community screenings that are ongoing — including s ...

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Momentum Builds for SafeLawns Canadian Tour

With the week-long tour of Alberta and British Columbia just days away, the Canadian media has been calling. Here are a few of the articles posted just today (and check out the details of the tour on our Calendar of Events): http://www.dailybulletin.ca/article/20110412/KIMBERLEY0101/304129999/-1/kimberley01/lawn-and-garden-hoe-down http://golden.inthekoots.com/2011/04/11/healthy-lawn-and-garden-workshop-org ...

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Goodbye, Gram

[caption id="attachment_3156" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Gram, with my daughter, Christina, at Christmastime in 2007."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3157" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Gram, with my nephew Waylon, at Christmastime in 2010."][/caption] She lived fully and robustly for about 80 years, then persevered for 11 and a half more. This morning grace claimed Clarida VanDyne ...

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International Awakening Festival Set for June 18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Event Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Historic Pesticide Ban in Hudson The SafeLawns Foundation is proud to announce its participation in the international Awakening Festival slated for Hudson, Quebec, on June 18. The first-of-its-kind event, with speakers from across the United States and Canada, will focus on human and planetary health, with a special emphasis on ways to make positi ...

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Guest Blog: ‘We Stand By That Message’ of Fertilizer Reduction

Samantha DePoy-Warren, the spokesperson and communications director for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, offered this assessment of the controversy ignited by the "Rubber Ducky" lawn advertisement now being played on Maine television stations: WE'VE GOTTEN SEVERAL CALLS here at the Maine DEP (where I am the spokesperson and communications director) about your blog post on the Ducky II ad an ...

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