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Boston Film Festival Accepts A Chemical Reaction

The Boston Film Festival, one of the most prestigious festivals on the East Coast, accepted our film, A Chemical Reaction, for a matinee screening on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. at the elegant Kendall Square Theater in Cambridge. We were absolutely thrilled at this announcement. The BFF has premiered 25 years of remarkable films such as; American Beauty, North Country, The Piano, Reservoir Dogs, Jesus Camp, The Grou ...

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Who is June Irwin?

Our friends at the Hudson Gazette newspaper in Quebec, the voice of the town where the anti-pesticide movement unofficially began in North America, has been a huge supporter of our movie, A Chemical Reaction. In last week's edition, the paper ran an extensive feature on one of the stars of our movie, Dr. June Irwin. Check out the story here, or visit www.HudsonGazette.com: WHO IS JUNE IRWIN? By Vivianne Lar ...

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Scenes from Montreal

[caption id="attachment_309" align="alignnone" width="802" caption="A charter bus from the town of Hudson arrives at the premiere."][/caption][caption id="attachment_307" align="alignnone" width="844" caption="More than 100 nations were represented."][/caption][caption id="attachment_305" align="alignnone" width="849" caption="Director Brett Plymale is interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation."] ...

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Why Science Can’t Prove a Pesticide is Safe

We're meeting all sorts of interesting and motivated people up here in Canada and we'll have a full report when we return on Tuesday. One of the attendees pointed us to this article about why it's impossible to prove pesticides are safe, despite the chemical companies' insistence to the contrary. Enjoy your Sunday ...

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Off to Montreal

After a whirlwind trip to Florida to consult with a company that will bring true organic lawn care to that state, I flew home last night long enough to change a couple of diapers, hug my wife and pack for Montreal. In little more than an hour, Brett Plymale will pull into my driveway to begin the six-hour drive to Montreal, where our film, A Chemical Reaction, will screen its World Premiere tonight, tomorro ...

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Study: Phosphorus Bans Appear to be Working

No fewer than 11 states have enacted or are considering restrictions or outright bans on the application of lawn fertilizers containing phosphorus. We've blogged about the issue here several times, including this item about New Jersey from late July (Click keyword phosphorus in upper right-hand corner of this page to find other entries). While I still have the concerns that these bans unfairly and perhaps u ...

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President Could Make Organic Golf History This Week

[caption id="attachment_289" align="alignnone" width="1080" caption="Superintendent Jeff Carlson surveys the condition of a green on his organic golf course."][/caption]Our friends at Beyond Pesticides were buzzing today about the possibility of President Barack Obama playing golf at The Vineyard Club while on Martha's Vineyard this week. The leader of the free world played at nearby Oak Bluffs golf course ...

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Do You Have Chemical Sensitivity? Here’s a Support Group

One of the greatest things about our SafeLawns campaign is all the networking we're able to accomplish through our public appearances and on-line chatting. Just today — after a rare day away from the computer — I can home to an email from Peggy Troiano, the founder of a Multiple Chemical Sensitivity group based in Florida: www.mcsbeaconofhope.com/ She asked me to spread the word. I hope you'll check it out. ...

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Check Out this Book

I recently picked up a book by Philip Shabecoff and Alice Shabecoff titled POISONED PROFITS: the Toxic Assault on Our Children. I haven't finished it yet, but the information so far is scary and compelling. Here's a link to the web site: www.poisonedprofits.com. The basic premise of the book, that we're bathing our children in a figurative and literal chemical soup, should serve to make us all stand up and ...

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