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Showdown in the West: Durango Pesticide Debate Offers New Twist

[caption id="attachment_5539" align="alignleft" width="540"] Brookside Park is one of two parks in Durango, Colorado, that is managed with organic protocols.[/caption] DURANGO, CO. — Defiantly declaring that pesticides used to control weeds and insects are safe when used as directed and stating "I don't believe we're making any children sick here," the mayor of this remote town led the charge on a 5-0 vote ...

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Miracle Gro for Mitt: Scotts Throws its Weakened Financial Might Behind Romney

To All Democrats and Independents Who Garden . . . LISTEN UP: If Miracle Gro Votes with its Wallet, So Should The Rest of Us Long miffed by what he considers to be the nuisance of environmental safety regulation, Scotts Miracle Gro Czar Jim Hagedorn is voting with his brand's wallet in 2012. Concluding that his fertilizer and pesticide company will have an easier time of getting its products past regulators ...

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Without Weed ‘n Feed and Roundup on Playgrounds, the Children of Yesteryear Still Played

[caption id="attachment_5511" align="alignleft" width="540"] This photo, from 101 years ago, shows families gathered on the organic lawn of the White House for an Easter Egg hunt. [/caption] Raise your hand if, like me, you're over the age of 50. If your hand is in the air, that means you recall a different time and place with a whole lot less stuff. You probably remember not having a cellphone, a Wii or an ...

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CREATE A BUZZ: Tell the Government What You Think About the Bees and the Pesticides that Kill Them

[caption id="attachment_5489" align="alignleft" width="563"] Please take a moment to let the EPA know how you feel about the pesticides known to cause colony collapse disorder in bees. [/caption] As we reported late last month, the EPA declined to ban CLOTHIANIDIN, one of the compounds most responsible for the bee deaths that have plagued U.S. farmers and gardeners for the last six years. Now the EPA has op ...

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Minnesota Court Says Pesticide Drift is NOT Trespassing After All

[caption id="attachment_5469" align="alignleft" width="544"] Even if you catch my (pesticide) drift in your lungs or on your skin, it's not my problem according to a Minnesota court (National Pesticide Information Center photo).[/caption] Second-Hand Pesticides Are An Unfortunate Fact of Life If someone fires a gun or an arrow in your direction that's clearly violating your space. If someone tosses garbage ...

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A Legacy Revealed: Glenstone Showcases its Organic Lawn for the Masses

[caption id="attachment_5462" align="alignleft" width="540"] The organic lawn makeover at Glenstone, a modern art museum in Potomac, Md., is showcased by Joe Lamp'l's Growing a Greener World on PBS.[/caption] Barely two years from the initial phone call for our consultative services, one of our primary clients — Glenstone — takes a bow today with the airing of an organic lawn care special on Growing A Green ...

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US Senator Demands EPA Action on Bee-Killing Pesticides

As we reported earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to ignore the pleas of beekeepers and farmers and allow synthetic nicotine pesticides to stay on the market — despite overwhelming evidence that proves the materials are the primary catalyst in Colony Collapse Disorder in honeybees. That's not a good enough answer for Kirsten Gillibrand, the United States Senator from New York ...

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How to Remove a Weed Without Poisons . . . Let Us Count the Ways

[caption id="attachment_5421" align="alignleft" width="540"] Poor installation and/or maintenance of a sprinkler system causes excessive weeds (unwanted plants including grass) to grow on this school track in California.[/caption] This post comes with a warning: we are going to pick on some people. Some folks in California apparently hold themselves up as grounds professionals and caregivers of children. We ...

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Historic DC Pesticide Ban Spurs Interest Across US

Two weeks since SafeLawns announced the historic pesticide protection legislation passed at the Nation's Capitol, numerous other municipalities have been calling us for information about how it happened. We won't mention them here; at this point that would only tip the hand of the chemical pesticide lobby groups. Your every step is important. First off, here's the DC bill; the wording is critical: dcpestbil ...

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EPA Bails on Bees, Rejects Petition to Ban Pesticide

In a stunning evasion of its responsibilities, the Environmental Protection Agency has told a million people concerned with the fate of bees that they didn’t prove their case. While admitting that the pesticide known as clothianidin — a synthetic nicotine — is acutely lethal to bees, the EPA said not enough evidence was presented to tie the chemical to the "imminent danger" of colony collapse disorder that ...

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