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Simple . . . Stunning . . . Scary

I happened across this report today about the effects of pesticides — herbicides, insecticides and fungicides — on non-target organisms. With the echoes of the claims of "safe when used as directed" ringing in your ears, take five minutes to read this simple, stunning and scary report: http://nitrogen.noads.biz/142.html. It's thoroughly researched, with links to all sources. ...

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French Courts Recognize Pesticide Connection to Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease

Recently, courts in France gained worldwide recognition by finding the manufacturer of Roundup guilty of making false safety claims. Earlier this month, the French also broke new legal ground by awarding sick farmers financial damages due to their pesticide exposures. If this type of legal judgement were to find its way to courts in the U.S. and Canada, it would significantly tip the scales in favor of a mo ...

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Why Ban Lawn Pesticides? Let Us Count the Reasons . . .

Note: At the conclusion of testimony in favor of the New Hampshire bill to study the potential impact of a ban on certain pesticides, several state representatives contacted SafeLawns for clarification on several points. This is a summary of what we submitted (much of this material has been covered previously in this blog): IN SUPPORT OF HB 1456 TALKING POINTS LAWNS AND SAFETY Many of the pesticide applicat ...

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Senate Hears Testimony About Pesticide Toxicity

Our friends at the Pesticide Action Network North America posts bulletins to its members known as Panups. Two of the items in the Panups today included items from the SafeLawns.org blog: www.panna.org/resources/panups/panup_20100205, the Canadian lawsuits and the news of next week's showdown in New Hampshire, plus an additional item about how the U.S. Senate heard testimony about pesticide toxicity. The Oba ...

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Judge Tosses Out EPA Approval of Pesticide

In an almost unprecedented court victory against the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal judge threw out the approval of a pesticide product that may be killing bees. The effort was spearheaded last May by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national membership organization, as well as The Xerces Society, an organization that campaigns for bee survival. Both of these organizations are doing amaz ...

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Pyrethroids: More Damning Evidence Emerges

It's been almost exactly a year since a Center for Public Integrity report revealed that pyrethrins and pyrethroids were responsible for more than 26,000 human poisonings — making these compounds responsible for 26 percent of all major and moderate human incidents involving pesticides in the United States in 2007. In the past two weeks, reports coming out of the University of California Berkeley have caused ...

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