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British Columbia Poised to Turn Back Pesticides

[caption id="attachment_3227" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="The village of Sparwood welcomed lawn expert Paul Tukey with an electronic greeting spanning the town's entrance. "][/caption] After a whirlwind five-day tour that included more than 20 speeches, professional and homeowner training sessions, movie screenings and school assemblies, the Kootenay region of British Columbia in Canada appeared ...

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On Earth Day, The Greenwashing of Baseball

I have to admit I'm a huge baseball fan. Not a gynormous fan like some of my friends, but I scarcely let a day go by without checking on my (last place in the AL East) Red Sox on-line. If I'm home in Maine, and a Sox game is in progress, the television is usually tuned in. I've been that way for about 44 years, ever since Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown in 1967 and I lost a whole bunch of sleep with a ...

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Top U.S. Bee Researcher Continues to Link Pesticides to Deaths

Evidence Points to Synthetic Nicotines The lead bee researcher for the United States reiterated his position at a luncheon Wednesday: neonicotinoid pesticides like imidacloprid are among the root causes of colony collapse disorder of bees. Here is our original post on Pettis' research: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2011/01/blockbuster-research-usda-scientist-confirms-pesticides-can-kill-bees/. Her ...

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Researcher Reiterates Roundup Concerns

Don Huber Pens Second Letter Warning of Roundup Risks A letter by Purdue professor Dr. Don Huber, first posted here before getting wide circulation around the world, brought intense criticism to a respected researcher. Huber clarified his position about Roundup toxicity with this followup letter: THIS COVER LETTER is provided to explain the reasoning and concerns that were conveyed in a letter which I sent ...

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Guest Blog: What’s Gotten Into Us, a Review

[caption id="attachment_3200" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This new book from Random House is out April 19."][/caption] Author McKay Jenkins has been a friend to SafeLawns ever since he agreed to appear in the film, A Chemical Reaction, to summarize America's obsession with lawns. We were thrilled and honored when Jenkins and his publisher, Random House, included a long discussion of the SafeLawns ...

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Government Considers Soil Drenching of Pesticides in Boston

Bee-Killing Pesticide Should Only Be Trunk Injected in Fight Against Asian Longhorn Beetle The SafeLawns Foundation has learned that the United States Department of Agriculture is considering drenching the pesticide known as imidacloprid — widely implicated in the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder — across hundreds of acres of Greater Boston. We strongly, emphatically, denounce this proposal and ...

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Does Maine Governor Want to Kill Rubber Ducky Campaign?

Chemical Lawn Industry Complains About Fertilizer Reduction Campaign I came right off the couch in excitement the first time I saw the video on my local NBC station. Produced by an alliance of 28 Maine towns and 16 environmental organizations — along with the state Board of Pesticides and Department of Environmental Protection — a well-filmed 30-second spot begins by stating: "a picture-perfect lawn may app ...

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