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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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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition to Reconsider Ban of Deadly Pesticide

In another example of how corporate bottom line trumps public health concern, the FMC Corporation- the leading manufacturer of carbofuran- and a group of powerful agribusiness lobbyists including the National Corn Growers Association, challenged, yet again, the ban on the pesticide, despite its reputation for being a deadly poison. In 2006, the EPA announced that all uses of carbofuran should be cancelled b ...

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El Salvador Rejects Monsanto and Embraces Food Sovereignty

Like the towns of Sedgwick, Penobscot, and Blue Hill, in Maine, the country of El Salvador has now declared "food sovereignty" from the hegemony of international market dictates, particularly those of agricultural giants like Monsanto. President Mauricio Funes is inaugurating a new plan aimed at reactivating the country’s historically ignored rural economy and reversing El Salvador’s growing dependence on i ...

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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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Lower IQs Linked to Pesticide Exposure

Although organophosphates, like malthion, have been banned for residential use by the EPA since 2001, they are still very present in conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables, and are often used to control pests in public places. They work by irreversibly blocking an enzyme that's critical to nerve function, and can be absorbed through the lungs, skin, or through food consumption. IATP's Wallinga comments ...

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Guest Blog: What’s Gotten Into Us, a Review

[caption id="attachment_3200" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="This new book from Random House is out April 19."][/caption] Author McKay Jenkins has been a friend to SafeLawns ever since he agreed to appear in the film, A Chemical Reaction, to summarize America's obsession with lawns. We were thrilled and honored when Jenkins and his publisher, Random House, included a long discussion of the SafeLawns ...

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Government Considers Soil Drenching of Pesticides in Boston

Bee-Killing Pesticide Should Only Be Trunk Injected in Fight Against Asian Longhorn Beetle The SafeLawns Foundation has learned that the United States Department of Agriculture is considering drenching the pesticide known as imidacloprid — widely implicated in the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder — across hundreds of acres of Greater Boston. We strongly, emphatically, denounce this proposal and ...

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Does Maine Governor Want to Kill Rubber Ducky Campaign?

Chemical Lawn Industry Complains About Fertilizer Reduction Campaign I came right off the couch in excitement the first time I saw the video on my local NBC station. Produced by an alliance of 28 Maine towns and 16 environmental organizations — along with the state Board of Pesticides and Department of Environmental Protection — a well-filmed 30-second spot begins by stating: "a picture-perfect lawn may app ...

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