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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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Doctors Who Tell it Like it Is

I had a delightful conversation today with some folks at the organization known as the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. I heard about CAPE.ca from an email I received from a chemical industry advocacy group that named the 10 Most Hated Fear Mongers in Canada. You know you're doing something right when you make a list like that! Some of CAPE's signature causes are the lawn care pestici ...

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Scotts CEO: ‘Business is War’

I've heard Jim Hagedorn use the business is war analogy before and I've seen him use it in print, but never on camera until today when our friend, Wendy Bounds, of the Wall Street Journal released this video featuring a one-on-one interview. Ever a public relations nightmare for his company, Hagedorn lets it all hang out — including phrases that needed to be bleeped. This is the man who runs the company mos ...

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World Premiere Dates, Times Set for A Chemical Reaction

We heard from the organizers of the World Film Festival in Montreal that our screening dates and times for our film, A Chemical Reaction, are as follows: Aug. 28, 5 p.m., Quartier Latin Cinema Complex, 350 rue Émery, Montréal Aug. 29, 1:30 p.m., ONF/NFB Theatre, 1564 Saint-Denis St., Montreal, Quebec H2X 3K2 Aug. 31, 7 p.m., ONF/NFB Theatre, 1564 Saint-Denis St., Montreal, Quebec H2X 3K2 ...

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For Angie’s Sake, A New Manifesto

In the midst of planning movie premieres and national anti-chemical campaigns, our life as we knew it stopped suddenly when my wife went into labor at precisely 12:55 a.m. last Thursday. For the next several hours, I was either glued to a stopwatch or being gripped fiercely by my wife as her contractions grew closer and more powerful in succession. Incredibly important questions came at us from all directio ...

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When All Else Fails: Paint Your Lawn Green

Though I'm not coming out as endorsing this idea for homeowners, I did get a kick out of this news item today. A company is trying to make a go of it by selling green paint for your lawn. The claims are that it's environmentally friendly, but I'd need to ask a few more questions. Anyway, for now, here's the link so you can read for yourself: www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=249520 ...

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