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French Move to Ban Another Bee-Killing Chemical

The French government has put one of the world's huge chemical pesticide manufacturers on notice: One of its newer insecticides is killing bees and that product's days are numbered. Thiamethoxam — one of many pesticides in the class known as neonicotinoids, or synthetic nicotines — was recently implicated in a report by France's National Food, Environment and Work Safety Agency. A leading French government ...

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Avoiding Second-Hand Pesticides: How to Talk to Your Neighbors About Their Lawn Chemicals

[caption id="attachment_5212" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This sign lets your neighborhood know where you stand on the applications of pesticides."][/caption] Those other signs are ubiquitous these days. "Caution." "Warning." "Danger." "Keep off the Grass." Usually in yellow, but sometimes in green, gray, red or black, the flags are nearly as plentiful as lawns themselves. They are actually legal ...

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Guest Blog: Rogue Canadian Province is Missing the Point on Pesticides

Ever since 2001, when the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged the right of Canadians to ban pesticides — the weed and insect killers that also kill us and our pets — the pesticide prohibitions have swept from East to West across Canada like political wildfire. Last fall British Columbia Premier Christy Clark warmed the hearts of the her constuents, the vast majority of whom favor pesticide bans, by announc ...

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Baseball Fields Sprayed, Host Youth Games 30 Minutes Later

[caption id="attachment_5152" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="With the Keep off the Grass Sign evident in the foreground, a baseball game takes place Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. on a field that had been treated with synthetic toxic weed killers at approximately 4:30 p.m. (Sandy Syburg photo)"][/caption] It happens, undoubtedly, often and everywhere. Poisons are sprayed to kill weeds on sports fields, ...

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Boys & Girls Clubs Feature SafeLawns

[caption id="attachment_5120" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="These are four of the 14 stops we made during April to promote natural lawn care and healthy outdoor play. "][/caption] The SafeLawns spring 2012 tour makes a significant stop today, presenting to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America national convention at the Grand Hyatt Convention Center in San Diego, Ca. Co-authors Victoria Rowell and Paul ...

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As Long as Little Girls Love Dandelions . . .

[caption id="attachment_5115" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This dandelion, bigger than my daughter from root to flower at the time, could feed a family of four."][/caption] Dandelions are a hot topic right now as April turns to May. The airways are positively alive with advertisements for how to kill the so-called weeds. Neighbors will go to war with other neighbors who dare allow the flowers to g ...

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May Day, A Poem

MAY DAY at PIPER SHORES The windows, we kept shut last night, to keep the toxic fumes outdoors. By morning, it is raining, as I set about some chores: Feed the birds — but they're not here... Cut some herbs — no, can't eat them... OK, walk to the beach to start the day, but signs on the grass say to stay away... So I head to the path, on down the lane, and in front of me lies the following scene: Yellow pel ...

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‘Pocket Veto’ Keeps Connecticut Pesticide Law Alive

[caption id="attachment_5057" align="alignleft" width="419" caption="Richard Roy"][/caption]   His move was nothing short of heroic yesterday, but it also came with a reminder about just how difficult it will be to keep beating back the monster that is the synthetic chemical industry. Stating "it's no time to turn our backs on Connecticut's children," 10-term state representative Richard Roy was able t ...

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April Flowers: A Poem of the (Sad) Season

April Flowers — 2012, by Suzan Bryher Dill (published by permission) The yellow truck is coming around, putting its poisons into the ground. The man who drives it is dressed to kill – goggles, gloves, boots, and a hat with a bill. He injects a liquid that milky white next to the plants, to stop any blight. The law says a paper must tell of the mix, but the one he provides dates 2006. It states to wear prote ...

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Scientists Call for Global Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

CHANGE.ORG SEEKING 50,000 SIGNATURES ON PETITION Despite continued support from the United States government for the manufacturers, scientists across the globe are calling for an international ban on the synthetic pesticides responsible for colony collapse disorder in bees. The author of the latest study out of Harvard University bluntly stated that the time is now. "The data, both ours and others, right no ...

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