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EPA Bails on Bees, Rejects Petition to Ban Pesticide

In a stunning evasion of its responsibilities, the Environmental Protection Agency has told a million people concerned with the fate of bees that they didn’t prove their case. While admitting that the pesticide known as clothianidin — a synthetic nicotine — is acutely lethal to bees, the EPA said not enough evidence was presented to tie the chemical to the "imminent danger" of colony collapse disorder that ...

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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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Pesticide Foes Win the Day in DC: Cheh’s Bill Goes to Mayor

Historic Pesticide Bill Aims to Protect Children, Waterways [caption id="attachment_5394" align="alignleft" width="540"] Though the bill passed today only applies to the District of Columbia, its significance may be felt nationally. [/caption] WASHINGTON, D.C. — After more than a year of strategic planning and fierce opposition from synthetic chemical lobbying groups, a Washington, D.C., councilor today was ...

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Glenstone Faces Sewer Line Hurdle in Efforts to Expand its Footprint

[caption id="attachment_5382" align="alignleft" width="540"] This is the lawn at Glenstone two years after all synthetic fertilizers and pesticides were removed and replaced by composts and other natural products.[/caption] Little more than two years ago I received what seemed to be an innocuous phone call from a woman who asked me if I could come to Maryland to help with an organic lawn renovation. As a re ...

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Small Victories: The Neighbor Goes Organic!

[caption id="attachment_5374" align="alignleft" width="540"] Yesterday a truck for a local organic lawn care company showed up to apply product to our neighbor's yard.[/caption] As I've noted here before, we moved to a new neighborhood last year. We have since cringed when lawn after lawn is sprayed with toxic pesticides to kill the weeds and sprinkler systems go off daily to keep the sidewalk and roadway s ...

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Mowing Alert: Don’t!

With more than half the United States in a drought and much of the continent in warmer-than-normal conditions, the best advice for your lawn right now might be this: Ignore it. That's right. Ignore it. Don't mow. Don't water and don't fret. Sure, if you don't water the lawn it may turn brown, but that doesn't mean it's dying, it just means it's going dormant. Turning brown is a lawn's natural protection sys ...

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What’s Right With This Picture? Joe Knows

[caption id="attachment_5338" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="At a Home Depot in Rhode Island these three insect-killing products were side by side and priced identically yesterday. Only one of them is safe to use around your home, however. "][/caption] It's that time of year here in New England when most lawns have been fertilized and most dandelions have passed and gone to seed, if they weren't kil ...

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Drought Heightens Need for Proper Watering

Last Thursday, with a heat index of 105, I witnessed a sprinkler system spewing water high into the air at noontime near Washington, D.C. This morning, after more than an inch of rain yesterday, I heard my neighbors' sprinkler system go off at 5:45 a.m. in Rhode Island. And after an optimistic drought forecast offered up by the National Weather Service earlier this spring, the map, above, is beginning to lo ...

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DC Panel Recommends Pesticide Ban, Asks for Support

Quietly, methodically, District of Columbia councilmember Mary Cheh, did her homework and concluded that pesticides used to kill dandelions and other weeds have no place on public spaces where children and pets play. After input from SafeLawns, Beyond Pesticides, the Pesticide Action Network among others, her committee has now unanimously voted to recommend passage of the “Pesticide Education and Control Am ...

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Canadian Doctors Renew Warning: Avoid Pesticides Whenever Possible

Ontario Family Physicians Warn of Pesticide Dangers in Second Landmark Study (SAFELAWNS NOTE: This details the second report from the Ontario College of Family Physicians. The first, issued in 2004, was significantly instrumental in Quebec, Ontario and several other Canadian provinces banning the use of Roundup, weed 'n feed and other common lawn and garden weed and insect killers. Eight years later, the Co ...

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