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Trying to Ban Pesticides? Get Your Strategy Correct First

It's been a full generation now, 21 years this May, since the town of Hudson, Quebec, became the first community in North America to ban pesticides — weed killers, insect killers and fungicides used for aesthetic purposes. And it's amazing that now, all these years later, the same exact arguments that preceded the Hudson prohibition in the 1980s are being played out in town after town in North America every ...

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Scotts Lawn Service Fined $160,000 for Intentionally Polluting Water

Coming just a month after Scotts Miracle Gro pleaded guilty in federal court to falsifying documents and selling bird seed tainted with pesticide, a the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Pennsylvania branch of Scotts Lawn Service $160,000 for dumping its waste water directly into a stream. In June of 2010 a Scotts employee built a syphon system to drain a tank of remaining weed ...

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Steingraber’s New Book Reissues Call for Protection from Pesticides

As a modern-day Rachel Carson, she is the titular queen of the environmental movement in the United States today. As a mom, she faces many of the same challenges that all of us encounter in an insanely busy world. In one month, Dr. Sandra Steingraber will keynote the 30th annual convention of Beyond Pesticides in New Haven, Ct. Between now and then, she'll be promoting her third excellent book, Raising Elij ...

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NEW STUDY: Genetically Modified Corn Toxic to Humans

A study published last week in the peer-reviewed Journal of Applied Toxicology revealed that genetically modified corn containing the genes for Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is toxic to humans. The study further revealed that the herbicide known as Roundup is toxic to humans, even at small exposures. The vast majority of the corn grown in the U.S. has been engineered to contain Bt and is sprayed with Roundup ...

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Connecticut’s Historic Pesticide Legislation Threatened by IPM Bill

Anti-Pesticide Activists Ask for Support at Feb. 22 Hearing The state that made pesticide history in 2005 may roll back its protection of children if a new bill supported by the chemical industry is successful. Bill 5155 — "AN ACT MODIFYING THE BAN ON PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS" — is sending shock waves through the environmental and health community that has worked diligently to keep the origi ...

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Why Ban Lawn Pesticides? The List of Reasons Keeps Growing

With several states and additional Canadian municipalities considering bans on synthetic pesticides used to maintain landscapes, we're often asked to summarize all the reasons why we advocate for legislation that makes certain products illegal. Here's the primer: LAWNS AND SAFETY The industry that manufactures and applies synthetic chemical pesticides (weed-killers, insecticides and fungicides) hides behind ...

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Manitoba Set to Join Canadian Pesticide Parade

Big news out of Canada this morning. The province of Manitoba's prime minister said he plans to implement a ban of pesticides used for aesthetic purposes on lawns and gardens. That would leave just three provinces without bans. Here's the story: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/cosmetic-pesticides-face-ban-in-province-138465249.html ...

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Citing Guilty Plea, Wildlife Federation Ends Agreement with Scotts

SafeLawns followers are celebrating a victory today. Succumbing to a barrage of criticism from the environmental community — and in the wake of a guilty plea from Scotts Miracle Gro in federal court — the National Wildlife Federation announced to members this afternoon that is would end its sponsorship deal with the world's largest purveyor of toxic lawn and garden products. The announcement of a promotiona ...

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Amidst Wildlife Federation Firestorm, Scotts Miracle Gro Fined $4.5 Million for Toxic Bird Seed, Falsifying Records

UPDATE: Petition Asks NWF to Say No to Scotts' Sponsorship: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-nwf-from-partnering-with-scottsmonsanto/ HOW'S THIS FOR SUSPICIOUS TIMING? On the same week Scotts Miracle Gro tried to buy an image upgrade by sponsoring the National Wildlife Federation, word has come out of a federal court that the company will pay millions of dollars in fines for selling bird seed it knew w ...

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As Wildlife Federation Defends Its Greed, Scotts Continues to Assault Our Sensibilities

UPDATE: Petition Asks NWF to Say No to Scotts' Sponsorship: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-nwf-from-partnering-with-scottsmonsanto/ Did any of you catch the beleaguered CEO of the National Wildlife Federation defiantly attempt to justify his recent deal with Scotts Miracle Gro that we reported on earlier today? Looking more like a man who will probably be forced to resign soon than someone we ought t ...

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