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Screening of Chemical Reaction Tonight

Revelstroke, British Columbia, will be the epicenter of the ongoing Canadian debate about pesticides used to kill weeds and insects when the award-winning film A Chemical Reaction airs free for the public tonight at 7. You can find all the details here: http://thestoke.ca/?p=2790. Revelstroke is just the latest municipality to take up the issue in British Columbia, which to date does not have a provincial p ...

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Children & Lawns: Share This Video

A well known doctor and our friend, Chip Osborne, worked with Grassroots Environmental Education to put together this comprehensive video that should be shared widely among school administrators and elected officials, as well as parents everywhere: http://www.youtube.com/GrassrootsEnvEd#p/c/3/3JahNUoM3zE Here is the biography of the doctor: Dr. Leonardo Trasande * ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Preventive Medicine * A ...

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Michigan Legislator Hopes to Expand Pesticide Registry

Many states have pesticide registries run by the state government in some manner. Folks with notes from their doctors can be listed on the registry — which then requires that pesticide companies and in some cases even your neighbors notify you in advance if they're going to apply a pesticide to their lawns and gardens. In Michigan, Rep. Tim Bledsoe hopes to expand that state's registry so it's open to all c ...

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Bee Deaths: Two Films Reinforce Same Conclusion

It's been almost exactly three years since some impulsive research led me to David Hackenberg. I had just watched an advertisement for grub control for lawns and the punchline stated that "one application lasts 12 months." Compulsively suspect of chemical pesticides, I cringed when I thought of a substance that would persist in the soil for a year. "How can that possibly be a good thing?" I said aloud to my ...

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Always Read the Label And Always Consider the Source of Your Information

The Internet being the amazing communication tool that it is, we get questions from some incredibly far-flung places. Yesterday a follower in Nigeria said she was afraid of the products in her local garden center and wanted our help in deciding what to buy to spray on her lawn. Soon afterward, a reporter from New York wanted our help in creating a top 10 most dangerous list of lawn and garden pesticides. Th ...

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Pesticide Used to Disperse Oil May Be Making Matters Worse

As sickening as the Gulf oil crisis appears on television, it turned positively nauseating today for me during a phone conversation with a colleague who experienced the Exxon Valdez oil spill first hand in Alaska. And though this blog doesn't typically concern itself with matters outside the realm of gardening and lawn care, this is a pesticide issue that people should know about. THE ISSUE Apparently the p ...

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One Step Up . . . One Step Back

If you follow daily worldwide news about pesticides, you know that virtually all days are the same. Story after story tells us that pesticides are causing harm; shill after shill for the chemical industry lines up to say pesticides are perfectly safe. Take today's news: Here's a clip from the corn belt about a woman blatantly sprayed with atrazine: http://www.theindychannel.com/news/23759880/detail.html, wh ...

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The State of the Canadian (Pesticide) Union

Amazingly dedicated folks in Canada keep tabs daily on the state of affairs regarding pesticides and fertilizers in Canada. They track news stories, letters to the editors and are, for all of us in the SafeLawns movement, an invaluable resource in our efforts to make our world safer from pesticides. This morning they sent along an update of the list of current pesticide and fertilizer regulations in his nat ...

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