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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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National Poison Prevention Week: 8 Tips to Stay Safe on the Lawn

[caption id="attachment_4918" align="alignleft" width="288" caption="Avoidance of pesticides is the surest way to keep children safe."][/caption] In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week beginning Sunday, March 18, the SafeLawns Foundation is joining the Environmental Protection Agency and numerous other agencies in urging parents to take extra steps around their homes to reduce the more than 150,0 ...

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Poisoned by Pesticides? Here’s Help

I was contacted this weekend by a Missouri mother whose 22-year-old son is suffering with Stage 4 lymphoma at the Mayo Clinic. She said the doctors showed her a map of lymphoma distribution in the United States, which showed a heavy concentration of the disease in Minnesota, Iowa and Northern Missouri. Her son was immediately placed in a study group examining the links between pesticides and cancer. Unfortu ...

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Pesticides & Parkinsons: The Evidence Builds

Our friends at Beyond Pesticides posted another study today that links exposure to pesticides to increased incidence of Parkinsons Disease, the affliction suffered by boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox. In reading the post on BP, I discovered a fantastic position paper on the subject that gathers information from the body of studies that currently exist in the scientific community. Here's the link: ...

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Groups Call for Halting of Strawberry Pesticide

Our friends at PesticideWatch.org asked us to spread the following press release: MEDIA ADVISORY December 10, 2009 For immediate release CONTACTS: Tracey Brieger, Californians for Pesticide Reform Cell: 415.215.5473 Paul S. Towers, Pesticide Watch Cell: 916.216.1082 Scientists, workers & mothers to rally against new carcinogen for California strawberries Multinational pesticide corporation pushing potent ca ...

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Roadside Spraying: Unfettered Poisoning or Necessary Cosmetics?

From Maine to California, Florida to Hawaii, a debate about the home use of lawn and garden pesticides is brewing, if not already raging. Fortunately, in most cases, people can make their own decisions. When it comes to spraying along highways, waterways, railroad tracks and everyday byways, that choice belongs to someone else. Municipal workers are putting the stuff down; elected officials are paying the b ...

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Dogs, Cats and Pesticides

A report hit the newswires today about two dogs killed almost instantly in an area sprayed by pesticides, just a day after I posed this question to the former owner of a lawn chemical franchise company: "Did customers ever call you complaining that their dogs had died?" His answer: "All the time . . . " That is just one of the many responses I received from this individual who agreed to be interviewed for t ...

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Study Links 2,4-D to Parkinsons

The news media was abuzz yesterday with the release of yet another study linking pesticides with Parkinson's disease. Eight pesticides were studied, including 2,4-D, which is the active ingredient in the majority of weed 'n feed products in the U.S. Check on this link: http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/09/15/pesticides-linked-to-parkinsons.html ...

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