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Minnesota Court Says Pesticide Drift is NOT Trespassing After All

[caption id="attachment_5469" align="alignleft" width="544"] Even if you catch my (pesticide) drift in your lungs or on your skin, it's not my problem according to a Minnesota court (National Pesticide Information Center photo).[/caption] Second-Hand Pesticides Are An Unfortunate Fact of Life If someone fires a gun or an arrow in your direction that's clearly violating your space. If someone tosses garbage ...

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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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What’s Right With This Picture? Joe Knows

[caption id="attachment_5338" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="At a Home Depot in Rhode Island these three insect-killing products were side by side and priced identically yesterday. Only one of them is safe to use around your home, however. "][/caption] It's that time of year here in New England when most lawns have been fertilized and most dandelions have passed and gone to seed, if they weren't kil ...

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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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Calling All (Lily Beetle) Dung

URI RESEARCHERS LOOKING FOR NON-PESTICIDE APPROACHES TO SAVING LILIES [caption id="attachment_5285" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="Lily beetles attack Asiatic lilies, not daylilies, which are an unrelated plant. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5281" align="alignleft" width="358" caption="The adult lily leaf beetle is scarlet red and about the size of a lady bug."][/caption] Off the lawn topic t ...

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Par for the Course: As Bees Die, Governments Sit Idly By

THE INACTION MEANS WE NEED TO ACT TOGETHER I have to say I’m not one to inherently, blindly grant government too much power, but I do have to love the way the French are dealing with yet another study that says pesticides are killing bees. Within days of a scientific report that linked a synthetic nicotine known as Thiamethoxam to colony collapse disorder, the government announced it planned to ban the prod ...

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Avoiding Second-Hand Pesticides: How to Talk to Your Neighbors About Their Lawn Chemicals

[caption id="attachment_5212" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This sign lets your neighborhood know where you stand on the applications of pesticides."][/caption] Those other signs are ubiquitous these days. "Caution." "Warning." "Danger." "Keep off the Grass." Usually in yellow, but sometimes in green, gray, red or black, the flags are nearly as plentiful as lawns themselves. They are actually legal ...

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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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Boys & Girls Clubs, SafeLawns Find Common Ground

[caption id="attachment_5125" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="The popular Finnish game Molkky was a big hit with the crowd at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America national convention in San Diego on Friday."][/caption] Calling the Boys & Girls Clubs of America attendees inspirational community leaders, SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey challenged the organization to help keep communities across the nation pe ...

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