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France High Court: Monsanto Lying About Roundup Safety

Remember when the manufacturers of Roundup used to market the product as almost instantly biodegradable? They tried to tell us the Roundup would be virtually gone from the soil within a week. Recently, the highest court in France found the manufacturer, Monsanto, guilty of lying: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8308903.stm. The fine was a paltry $22,000, which I'm sure the company took as a joke. This mak ...

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2010 Movie/Speaking Schedule Rounding into Form

Now that I'm officially back in from the road for the remainder of 2009, it's time to focus on next year. Numerous details are still being worked out, but our 2010 spring schedule is taking shape nicely. In many cities, I'll be speaking about natural lawn care and landscaping and showing the movie. In others, we'll just show the movie and offer up a question-and-answer session thereafter. Please check back ...

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Dogs, Cats and Pesticides

A report hit the newswires today about two dogs killed almost instantly in an area sprayed by pesticides, just a day after I posed this question to the former owner of a lawn chemical franchise company: "Did customers ever call you complaining that their dogs had died?" His answer: "All the time . . . " That is just one of the many responses I received from this individual who agreed to be interviewed for t ...

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Calgary Students Stage Pesticide Protest

After months of debate, the city council in Calgary, Alberta voted 8-7 against banning pesticides, making that western city one of the last major metropolitan areas in Canada without some sort of pesticide prohibition. We have been contacted and will likely bring our movie there in the spring. In the meantime, a group of Calgary students staged a protest yesterday that caught the attention of the local news ...

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Yes, That’s Me

Many of you from south Florida have inquired if that is really me in television advertisements for organic lawn care. The answer is yes. I filmed them about a month ago for a new organic lawn care company, Landcare Organics of Naples, which purchased the SafeLawns franchise rights for all of Florida and Georgia. I can tell you that the company is truly organic, using the same materials and principles develo ...

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Intern Needed

Do you know an organized person with time on their hands? With the overwhelming interest in our movie, our foundation plans to add an intern in charge of coordination of movie screenings. Here is the official posting: The SafeLawns Foundation is seeking an intern to assist with scheduling, promotion and accounting of a feature-length film throughout 2010. Responsibilities include logging all inquiries, deve ...

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Jungle Island: An Organic Success Story

[caption id="attachment_555" align="alignnone" width="504" caption="The yellow flower is from the tropical Tithonia diversifolia."][/caption][caption id="attachment_556" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="This albino alligator, rescued from poachers, is one of the main attractions at Jungle Island in Miami."][/caption] One of the biggest objections we hear when promoting organic lawn and landscape maint ...

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Organic Lawn Care Conference Scheduled for Worcester

The folks at Clark University in Worcester, which just adopted landscape management practices this year, plan to hold an educational conference on Dec. 4. Here are the details: The Green Revolution; An Organic Approach to Landscape Maintenance Presented by Clark University Physical Plant & East Coast Turf Products, Inc. December 4, 2009 9 am – noon Razzo Hall – Traina Center for the Arts 92 Downing Street, ...

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Just Three Days Until Vermont Premiere

With two screenings of our movie, A Chemical Reaction, scheduled for Burlington, Vt., this Wednesday, the region's largest newspaper published the most comprehensive story yet: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20091115/LIVING09/91113022/-A-Chemical-Reaction--film-explores-dangers-lurking-in-lawns. The director, Brett Plymale, and I will be there. Please stop by to say hello. ...

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Prince Edward Island Joins Pesticide Brigade

Government officials in Prince Edward Island in the East of Canada contacted SafeLawns today, just as news hit the wires that the province plans to restrict lawn and garden pesticides. We are currently looking at educational seminars in February. I'll keep you posted. Here's the link: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=302671 ...

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