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Associated Press Takes on Organic Lawn Care

Carole Feldman of the Associated Press called recently to discuss organic lawn care at length. Her story hit the wire service yesterday and it's getting play in hundreds of newspapers worldwide. Here's a link to a paper in Taiwan: http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1239641&lang=eng_news&cate_img=317.jpg&cate_rss=news_Features. ...

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The Atrazine Cover Up: A 6-Minute Video Worth Watching

Atrazine is a pesticide long associated with causing birth defects in frogs and other amphibians, as well as myriad health impacts to humans and other mammals. The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health said atrazine's "alleged endocrine disruptor effects, possible carcinogenic effect, and epidemiological connection to low sperm levels in men has led several researchers to call for b ...

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A Lawn Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

It's an absolutely glorious day here in Maine, 65 degrees with a slight breeze wafting through the open back porch door. Moments ago, just before I snapped the photo above, I heard my daughter, Aimee, out on the lawn singing one of the songs we usually harmonize together at bedtime. "Take me out to the ballgame, Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Crackerjacks, I don't care if I ever get back. ...

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New York Senate Passes School Pesticide Ban

SafeLawns just learned that the New York state senate passed (S. 4983), the so-called Child Safe Playing Fields Act in a 39-22 vote. The bill, which will go to the desk of Governor David Patterson for his signature after its approval by the State Assembly, bans the use of synthetic pesticides (herbicides, insecticides and fungicides) on the athletic fields and playgrounds of public and private schools and d ...

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Study: Pre-Birth Pesticide Exposure Impacts Children

The evidence — that the chemical industry insists does not exist — about the toxicity of its products continues to build daily. Here's a report of a new study that links prenatal exposure of pesticides to childhood developmental issues later on in life: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/prenatal-pesticide-linked-to-delays-high-blood-pressure-later ...

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New York Debates Bill to Protect Schoolchildren

As reported here on March 22, the state of New York is debating a bill that would ban cosmetic pesticides used to kill dandelions and other weeds around schools and daycare centers. As is typical, the chemical lawn care industry, including the lobby group known as Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, is trying to stand in the way: http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-c-2010-04-05-66530.113122 ...

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A Sample Letter:

Taking our advice from Friday, a pair of SafeLawns members from Wisconsin wrote this letter to Major League Baseball vice president Tim Brosnan: Dear Mr. Brosnan, We are writing to express our displeasure with MLB's deal with Scott's for lawncare. This company is not environmentally responsible, and their products are not safe for use on lawns or MLB fields. There have been too many MLB personnel who have h ...

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