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New Hampshire Pesticide Study Bill Passes!

CONCORD, N.H. — In a small, but hugely significant victory for the natural lawn care movement, the New Hampshire legislature passed a resolution Thursday to study the impacts of synthetic chemical pesticides and their alternatives. After a contentious debate about a bill known as HB1456 in early February, some observers doubted whether or not the measure would pass to the full house. Though it’s only a stud ...

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Simple . . . Stunning . . . Scary

I happened across this report today about the effects of pesticides — herbicides, insecticides and fungicides — on non-target organisms. With the echoes of the claims of "safe when used as directed" ringing in your ears, take five minutes to read this simple, stunning and scary report: http://nitrogen.noads.biz/142.html. It's thoroughly researched, with links to all sources. ...

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Big League Block: Bunning Gives More Time to Senate Debate About Ag Nominee

Back in October we blogged about a controversial nomination by the Obama administration and SafeLawns endorsed an open letter from more than 100 groups demanding the nomination be overturned: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2009/10/obama-nominates-controversial-agriculture-diplomat/. Despite those efforts, the nomination appeared headed for an easy passage — until Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning spoke ...

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New Zealand Study Links Roundup to Fish Kills

A new study from New Zealand shows that applications of the herbicide Roundup increase the levels of parasites in water, which leads to deaths of fish. The link is here: http://invw.org/node/958. The story also contains a link to the government's public comment pages for Roundup-ready alfalfa — which absolutely should not be approved. Here is a link to a position paper on the subject: http://www.geertsonsee ...

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Dr. Greene Asks: Is Your Lawn Safe for Your Kids?

Dr. Alan Greene, among the leading pediatricians practicing in North America today, posed this question on his web site today: http://www.drgreene.com/blog/2010/02/22/your-lawn-safe-your-kids. Alan appears in the movie, A Chemical Reaction, to address the question of how and why lawn chemicals are dangerous. ...

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Government Agency: We Must Reduce Toxics

Those of us who advocate for pesticide-free lawn care are constantly met with the same responses from the chemical industry: "Our products are safe when used as directed" or "We apply our pesticides in such small doses they couldn't possibly be dangerous." In what can only be called a ground-breaking debunking of those myths, the American Chemical Society — a non-partisan, non-profit organization chartered ...

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Former Chemical Applicator: ‘I Am Literally Ashamed of Myself for Being Part of It’

[caption id="attachment_948" align="alignnone" width="432" caption="Tom Kelly, founder of Fire Belly Organics"][/caption] A Conversation With Tom Kelly To the outside world, Tom Kelly of Milford, N.H., has turned the lawn care industry on its ear in remarkably short period of time. Seemingly out of nowhere, his new company, FireBelly Organics, had the trade show known as New England Grows in Boston abuzz wi ...

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French Courts Recognize Pesticide Connection to Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease

Recently, courts in France gained worldwide recognition by finding the manufacturer of Roundup guilty of making false safety claims. Earlier this month, the French also broke new legal ground by awarding sick farmers financial damages due to their pesticide exposures. If this type of legal judgement were to find its way to courts in the U.S. and Canada, it would significantly tip the scales in favor of a mo ...

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New Hampshire Lawmakers Reach Compromise on Controversial Pesticide Bill

[caption id="attachment_932" align="alignnone" width="525" caption="This cartoon was published today by The Concord Monitor"][/caption] CONCORD, N.H. — Pesticides, it seems, have become a partisan issue. After last week's fiery public debate about HB 1456 in New Hampshire, a bill that would study the impacts of a pesticide ban, a group of Republican lawmakers made a move to kill the proposal. In a dramatic ...

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