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Hunger Games Offers New Hope for the Dandelion

[caption id="attachment_4944" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="This dandelion, growing in a sidewalk, was spotted this morning."][/caption] I spotted my first dandelion today. Warmed by the surrounding pavement, it was popping up through a corner crack in a sidewalk. Every year when the first dandelion sighting happens, usually later than this year, I quietly pay homage to my late grandmother, for who ...

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More Than A Million People Send Message: Stop Bee-Killing Pesticide in its Tracks

It has taken several years for science to catch up with common sense in the nonsense known as colony collapse disorder in bees. It was obvious to us more than five years ago that a class of pesticides known as neonicotines — imidacloprid, chothianidin and others — was responsible for wiping out millions of beehives in North America. In the past year report after report from the scientific community has conf ...

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National Poison Prevention Week: 8 Tips to Stay Safe on the Lawn

[caption id="attachment_4918" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="Avoidance of pesticides is the surest way to keep children safe."][/caption] In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week beginning Sunday, March 18, the SafeLawns Foundation is joining the Environmental Protection Agency and numerous other agencies in urging parents to take extra steps around their homes to reduce the more than 150,0 ...

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Nation’s Leading Landscape Experts To Convene in Chicago

Professionals and Homeowners Invited to 2-Day Symposium They are the major issues facing the lawn and garden industry on our continent today: How do you deal with fertilizer runoff from lawns? How can you safely save your trees in the face of exotic invasive insects? How can golf courses deliver championship conditions and still be environmentally friendly? [caption id="attachment_4900" align="alignleft" wi ...

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National Pesticide Forum Set to Convene in New Haven, Ct.

NOTE: SafeLawns members receive $10 off registration to this conference FROM BEYOND PESTICIDES With Members of Congress attempting to gut pesticide protections from the Clean Water Act and state legislators threatening to repeal Connecticut’s historic pesticide ban on school grounds, environmentalists from the Northeast and beyond are joining with researchers, authors, beekeepers, organic business leaders, ...

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Lawn Games For Life Debut Rousing at Philadelphia Flower Show

[caption id="attachment_4857" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Broad smiles and spontaneous laughter marked the debut of the Lawn Games for Life campaign presented for the first time by SafeLawns at the Philadelphia Flower Show on Monday night. These old-fashioned hoops (from Cooperman in Vermont) were a precursor to the plastic hula hoops that became popular in 1958. (Tony Cerveny photos)"][/caption] ...

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Fight is on to Save Connecticut’s Landmark Pesticide Bill

A group of community and health advocates and legislators will gather this Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m. to draw attention to a bill in the state legislature that would revoke Connecticut's 2005 law that restricts the applications of pesticides on school grounds. "Connecticut's landmark law banning the use of toxic pesticides on elementary and middle school fields in Connecticut is in danger of being elimina ...

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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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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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