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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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47 Schoolchildren Poisoned in Ohio Offers Evidence That Kids Are Silently Poisoned Every Day

[caption id="attachment_4501" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Students from an Ohio middle school were evacuated earlier this month when chemical weed killers were applied to nearby fields. Ironically, the children were evacuated to a site near the sprayed fields that made at least 47 children ill (GANNETT PHOTO). "][/caption] When I arrived home today after another whirlwind week on the road, the in ...

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Community Uproar Turns Back Pesticide Threat Near Chicago

Anyone concerned with pesticide spraying should take note: PROTESTS DO WORK. For further evidence, turn to Highland Park, Ill., where 25 emails and 600-plus signatures on a petition caught the attention of local officials who ultimately delayed a plan to spray public parks with synthetic weed killers: http://highlandpark.suntimes.com/news/7810266-418/park-district-backs-off-pesticide-use.html. The issue in ...

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From 1967 to Now: Another Town Poised to Take Action

[caption id="attachment_4262" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="The 1967 Masters golf tournament, won by Gay Brewer, right, was the first time the Augusta National Country Club appeared in full color on television."][/caption] Did you know the lawn chemical industry can be traced to the second weekend of April of 1967? That's the weekend the "Augusta Syndrome" was born, causing grown men across the U.S ...

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School Pesticide Debate Heats Up in the Denver Summer

[caption id="attachment_3816" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="Until dry? . . . "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3818" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="or 24 hours? . . . "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3820" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="or 72 hours? The same product, 2,4-D, was applied in each case, yet the laws across the United States are terribly ambiguous. "][/caption] Th ...

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The Most Important Day in Pesticide History? That Would be June 28

Today Marks 10th Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision Search on-line on one of those this-day-in-history lists and you won't find my nomination for the MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT'S EVER HAPPENED on the 179th day of the year (not counting leap years). All sorts of other important stuff shares a June 28 anniversary. I didn't know, for example, that Labor Day became a federal holiday by an act of Congress on t ...

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Report Rates Strength of Canadian Pesticide Bans

Although approximately 80 percent of Canadians now live under the protection of some sort of restriction on weed killers and other pesticides, not all of the laws and ordinances are created equally. Today the David Suzuki Foundation issued a report ranking the strength of the bans in the six different provinces that have regulated these toxic chemical products: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2011/05/ ...

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Guest Blog by Peter Kettenbeil: Banning the Film is ‘Unconscionable’

Peter Kettenbeil of Brossard, Quebec, is Vice Chairman of the Technology Transfer Committee of the Solar Buildings Research Network and consultant to numerous environmental projects. He submitted this guest blog on the subject of the Canada Blooms flower show voting to overturn its decision to screen the film, A Chemical Reaction. [caption id="attachment_2450" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="If you z ...

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