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Guest Blog: Don’t Advertise Poisons to Children

[caption id="attachment_5403" align="alignleft" width="396"] From the Mosquito Squad web site[/caption] By Nancy Alderman, president, Environment and Human Health Inc. Although the franchise pesticide spraying business, "Mosquito Squad," (http://www.mosquitosquad.com) has taken down its coloring book for toddlers — its cartoon pesticide spraying mascot, "Dred Skeeter," is all over YouTube — he is at parades ...

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Guest Blog: The Horticratic Oath Says First, Do No Harm to the Soil

We thank our friends at Earthcare Natural Lawn and Landscapes and Purple Cow Organics of Wisconsin, one of America's finest compost companies, for permission to republish this food for thought: [caption id="attachment_5256" align="alignleft" width="341" caption="Purple Cow Organics specializes in turning what would otherwise be food waste products into rich soil amendments. "][/caption] By Darrell Smith and ...

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Guest Blog: Simple Steps Toward An Organic Lawn

[caption id="attachment_5244" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Keeping the grass tall helps the lawn outcompete the weeds. (Phil Nauta photo)"][/caption] By Phil Nauta If you'd like a lawn that's mostly weed free, I'm here to tell you that with a little bit of knowledge and commitment, it's definitely possible. Now we do have to remember that a lawn with just a few species of grasses is quite an unnat ...

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Guest Blog: Rogue Canadian Province is Missing the Point on Pesticides

Ever since 2001, when the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged the right of Canadians to ban pesticides — the weed and insect killers that also kill us and our pets — the pesticide prohibitions have swept from East to West across Canada like political wildfire. Last fall British Columbia Premier Christy Clark warmed the hearts of the her constuents, the vast majority of whom favor pesticide bans, by announc ...

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April Flowers: A Poem of the (Sad) Season

April Flowers — 2012, by Suzan Bryher Dill (published by permission) The yellow truck is coming around, putting its poisons into the ground. The man who drives it is dressed to kill – goggles, gloves, boots, and a hat with a bill. He injects a liquid that milky white next to the plants, to stop any blight. The law says a paper must tell of the mix, but the one he provides dates 2006. It states to wear prote ...

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Guest Blog: Lawn ‘Care’

By Jane Wingate The people in my town are well educated—claiming, among them, enough fancy college degrees to have kept a small university afloat. In pursuit of the healthy, sensible life, they engage in all forms of aerobic exercise, monitor their cholesterol levels and their daily fiber intake, serving wholesome raw-vegetable platters at every party, scorning foods containing chemical additives. The people ...

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Guest Blog: If G-M Foods are Safe, Why Doesn’t Biotech Industry Allow Them to be Labeled?

by Donna Morin Miller On October 1, South Africa will become the latest country to require that genetically-modified foods be labeled. I am envious. No, I'm angry. Genetically-modified foods have been in the U.S. food system for nearly 30 years now. There have never been any long-term studies done to prove their safety, despite claims by bio-tech giants like Monsanto that g-m foods go through a rigorous tes ...

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Guest Blog: Investigation into Young Woman’s Death Points to Popular Insecticide Used on American Farms

By Donna Morin Miller Twenty-three-year old Sarah Carter, of New Zealand, was enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime kind of holiday with two girlfriends. Tragically, she never made it back home. All three young women were guests in a Chiang Mai hotel in Thailand. They awoke the morning after their stay with sore stomachs and soon began to vomit. The symptoms became so bad they were hospitalized later in the day. Sa ...

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