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Safety First & Common Sense Can Avoid These Pesticide Blunders

California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) “Top 10 Pesticide Blunders” was released as part of National Poison Prevention Week. The agency reminds everyone how to avoid illness and injury by selecting household cleaning and gardening products that pose the least risk to their health and the environment and to follow label instructions. It's clear some folks just don't take these products seriousl ...

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Community Activism Works on Cape Cod

This item came in while we were on our recent four-day hiatus from all things SafeLawns related: http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110303/NEWS/103030329/-1/rss02. Congratulations to all the community activists and organizers for keeping all this Roundup out of people's drinking water. ...

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A Week for Reflection

The SafeLawns Foundation Turns 5 Today [caption id="attachment_2911" align="alignleft" width="533" caption="Reasons to stay home . . . Aimee, 4, and Angie, 1."][/caption] THIS WILL BE ONE OF THOSE WEEKS in life where reflections slap you in the face, hit you over the head and buckle your knees. For me, it’s a time when life’s work and clock will make a rare convergence to force a rather peripatetic person t ...

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Why Ban Lawn Pesticides?: Let Us Count the Reasons

[caption id="attachment_2860" align="alignleft" width="555" caption="Pesticide Free BC is just one of many organizations calling for a ban on lawn and garden pesticides."][/caption] With three states considering following the lead of New York and Connecticut and passing a version of The Child Safe Protection Act, which would eliminate applications of pesticides around schools, we thought it timely to re-pub ...

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Farmer: This GMO Situation is More than an Emergency

This is the first of a two-part series about our conversation with Howard Vlieger, the president of Verity Farms. In the wake of last week's announcement of the discovery of a potentially lethal new soil organism that may be causing miscarriage in women, SafeLawns is calling on the Obama administration, other health and environmental groups and concerned citizens to make their voices heard. The recent dereg ...

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Major Changes Coming at ChemLawn?

Lawn Chemical Giant Struggles With Negative Public Perception and May Sell Land Division First came the name change. In the wake of all the negative publicity that originated with the ChemLawn v. Hudson Supreme Court Case in Canada in 2001 — which ChemLawn lost 9-0 — the parent company of ChemLawn, known as ServiceMaster, began calling its lawn care division TruGreen ChemLawn. Then on March 19 of 2007, the ...

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Maine Town Keeps Lawn Pesticide Issue In the News in December

This article appeared Friday in the Scarborough Leader newspaper in Maine: http://blog.scarboroughleader.com/2010/12/10/pesticide-use-on-town-properties-in-question---dec-10-2010.aspx. One of the aspects of this that I find encouraging in this article is that the two landscape professionals quoted herein, Al Lappin Jr. and Jesse O'Brien, are two of my closest friends. We would go through the proverbial wall ...

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