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From 1967 to Now: Another Town Poised to Take Action

[caption id="attachment_4262" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="The 1967 Masters golf tournament, won by Gay Brewer, right, was the first time the Augusta National Country Club appeared in full color on television."][/caption] Did you know the lawn chemical industry can be traced to the second weekend of April of 1967? That's the weekend the "Augusta Syndrome" was born, causing grown men across the U.S ...

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Report: Roundup is Everywhere in Air, Water

In what's being called "groundbreaking" research out of Mississippi and Iowa, the weed killer known as Roundup has been found to be virtually everywhere in air and water. This comes on the heels of the June report that shows Roundup, the world's best-selling and most unregulated pesticide, causes birth defects. The key aspect of the new report, circulated Wednesday afternoon worldwide by Reuters, is that it ...

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A Tale of Two Photographs

[caption id="attachment_4245" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Can you name all the "weeds" in this photo?"][/caption] I mowed the lawn. Or, I should say, I prepared to mow the lawn. I should begin by telling you that I enjoy mowing; I always have, ever since we upgraded from the hellaciously heavy wood and steel reel mower when I was 9 and I was able to push our new gasoline-powered mower all across ...

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Company Boss: TruGreen ‘Didn’t Meet Expectations’

[caption id="attachment_4240" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="The ConsumerAffairs.com web site features hundreds of pages of complaints about TruGreen (ChemLawn) lawn care."][/caption] In a surprisingly candid interview with his hometown newspaper, the Memphis Daily News, the CEO of ServiceMaster offered up yet another scathing commentary on the performance of TruGreen, the company formerly known as ...

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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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A Man the U.S. Should Have Known Better

Cancer Claims Canadian Leader at 61 [caption id="attachment_4210" align="alignleft" width="540"] Thomas Mulcair, left, poses with Jack Layton, who passed away today at age 61.[/caption] SafeLawns and the environmental community lost an amazing ally this morning when Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada, passed away at 61 after a swift battle with cancer. A ferocious advocate for sen ...

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Persistent Pesticides Appear to be One Cause of Diabetes

While a study out of Sweden earlier this year reported a link between Type II Diabetes in the elderly and persistent organic pollutants, a more recent study out of Finland appears to have found that POPs cause Type II Diabetes in some people. According to an article published by CBS News, Finn researchers found that the presence of POPs in the body disrupts the endocrine system, which in turn effects the bo ...

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Another Kissing Bandit Strikes

We never know when they're going to strike next, but another one arrived today — adding to the growing legion of Kissing Bandits who protest their neighbors' use of toxic lawn chemicals wearing nothing more than our "Kiss My Grass" T-shirts. ...

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