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A Marine Scientist Speaks Out About Lawns & Oceans

I came across this blog this morning from marine biologist Stephanie Wear on behalf of the Nature Conservancy: http://blog.nature.org/2010/03/how-lawn-chemicals-affect-the-oceans-how-you-can-help/. For anyone who thinks what they do in their own back yards doesn't matter to the planet, read on. ...

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Study: Pre-Birth Pesticide Exposure Impacts Children

The evidence — that the chemical industry insists does not exist — about the toxicity of its products continues to build daily. Here's a report of a new study that links prenatal exposure of pesticides to childhood developmental issues later on in life: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/prenatal-pesticide-linked-to-delays-high-blood-pressure-later ...

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A Sample Letter:

Taking our advice from Friday, a pair of SafeLawns members from Wisconsin wrote this letter to Major League Baseball vice president Tim Brosnan: Dear Mr. Brosnan, We are writing to express our displeasure with MLB's deal with Scott's for lawncare. This company is not environmentally responsible, and their products are not safe for use on lawns or MLB fields. There have been too many MLB personnel who have h ...

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Opening Day No Way: Let Baseball Know How You Feel About Their Miracle Gro Deal

Ever since the news broke at the end of January that Major League Baseball had sold out to Scotts Miracle Gro on a deal to "re-ignite the contest for the best lawn in the neighborhood," environmental and health groups across America have been up in arms. This is, plainly, the wrong message for Major League Baseball to be selling. The Scotts Miracle Gro products, branded with the logos of iconic Major League ...

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ChemLawn’s New PR Blitz: They Just Don’t Get It

On March 10, TruGreen/ChemLawn announced a million-dollar sponsorship of Earth Day. On March 18, TruGreen/ChemLawn made national news by agreeing to the second-highest fine ever levied against a lawn care company ($500,000). On March 19, the company rushed out a national public relations blitz in which it trumpeted "targeted, environmentally friendly options." This new release, circulated broadly on a fee-b ...

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ChemLawn/EarthDay Deal Still Unclear

Yesterday, we blogged here about the controversial sponsorship of Earth Day by the lawn care giant now known as TruGreen, known infamously since 1967 as ChemLawn. Our friends at Beyond Pesticides in Washington, D.C., had originally said that Earth Day president Kathleen Rogers had renounced the deal. The official word, however, is "no comment" from Earth Day. That means Ms. Rogers still needs help making he ...

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Sounding Off: Earth Day’s Sellout to ChemLawn Stirs Angry Responses

Within minutes of our email to our SafeLawns members on Monday, a page was posted on Facebook denouncing the ChemLawns sponsorship of Earth Day: http://www.facebook.com/pages/STOP-TruGreen-from-Sponsoring-Earth-Day/369629442113?ref=nf. Comments have continued to flow in all week. The page urges everyone to contact Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day at rogers@earthday.net. Ms. Rogers has not yet respond ...

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A Pitbull? I’ve Been Called Worse . . .

Gary Smith, a writer from Washington, D.C., sent me a preview of his article today that he's writing in advance of our film premiere at the Environmental Film Festival on March 26 at the Globe Theater. Please spread the word. A Chemical Reaction Producer, Paul Tukey Meet the Lawn Care Pitbull He appears, in the words of one writer, to be “a beach-blonde thirtysomething” without a care in the world. He laugh ...

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MIRACLE NO: Groups Call on Major Leagues to Denounce Miracle Gro Deal

In a move spearheaded by The SafeLawns Foundation with Beyond Pesticides, 28 different environmental and health organizations across the United States are demanding that Major League Baseball denounce its recently announced marketing partnership with Scott Miracle Gro. In this day and age, with environmental awareness at an all-time high and available resources at an all-time low, it is simply unacceptable ...

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