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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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DC Panel Recommends Pesticide Ban, Asks for Support

Quietly, methodically, District of Columbia councilmember Mary Cheh, did her homework and concluded that pesticides used to kill dandelions and other weeds have no place on public spaces where children and pets play. After input from SafeLawns, Beyond Pesticides, the Pesticide Action Network among others, her committee has now unanimously voted to recommend passage of the “Pesticide Education and Control Am ...

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Canadian Doctors Renew Warning: Avoid Pesticides Whenever Possible

Ontario Family Physicians Warn of Pesticide Dangers in Second Landmark Study (SAFELAWNS NOTE: This details the second report from the Ontario College of Family Physicians. The first, issued in 2004, was significantly instrumental in Quebec, Ontario and several other Canadian provinces banning the use of Roundup, weed 'n feed and other common lawn and garden weed and insect killers. Eight years later, the Co ...

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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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Fight is on to Save Connecticut’s Landmark Pesticide Bill

A group of community and health advocates and legislators will gather this Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m. to draw attention to a bill in the state legislature that would revoke Connecticut's 2005 law that restricts the applications of pesticides on school grounds. "Connecticut's landmark law banning the use of toxic pesticides on elementary and middle school fields in Connecticut is in danger of being elimina ...

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Doctor: The Best Treatment for Pesticide Related Illnesses is Avoidance of the Toxins

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Dr. Alan Vinitsky, left, testifies on behalf of pesticide reduction during Monday's hearing. He was flanked by Joshua Kramer, a pesticide operator who spoke against the bill, and Janet Whitman, a local citizen who advocated for a ban that would extend to private property."][/caption] Among the presenters on Monday, Feb. 27, at a District o ...

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DC Considers Making Pesticide History

Bill Would Place Nation's Capitol at Forefront of Pesticide Reduction [caption id="attachment_4812" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="Dr. Jerome Paulson of the Children's National Medical Center testifies on behalf of pesticide reduction on Monday, flanked by Dr. Jennifer Sass of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Paul Tukey of the Safe Lawns Foundation on Monday. (Chris Weiss photos)"][/caption ...

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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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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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