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Yet Another Study Links Pesticide Exposure to ADHD

Though this won't come as any news to long-time followers of SafeLawns.org, another study released late last week connected childhood exposures to pesticides to increased rates of ADHD: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-pesticides-adhd-20100819,0,1176316.story?track=rss ...

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Always Read the Label And Always Consider the Source of Your Information

The Internet being the amazing communication tool that it is, we get questions from some incredibly far-flung places. Yesterday a follower in Nigeria said she was afraid of the products in her local garden center and wanted our help in deciding what to buy to spray on her lawn. Soon afterward, a reporter from New York wanted our help in creating a top 10 most dangerous list of lawn and garden pesticides. Th ...

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Pesticide Used to Disperse Oil May Be Making Matters Worse

As sickening as the Gulf oil crisis appears on television, it turned positively nauseating today for me during a phone conversation with a colleague who experienced the Exxon Valdez oil spill first hand in Alaska. And though this blog doesn't typically concern itself with matters outside the realm of gardening and lawn care, this is a pesticide issue that people should know about. THE ISSUE Apparently the p ...

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Pesticide Safety: Indisputable Facts . . . or Blatant Propaganda?

During a Google search the other day, I happened upon a blog item titled “The Indisputable Truths About Pesticides,” so naturally I had to stop and read. Since the article was parked on the site of the Lawn Dawg company, a regional chemical spray operation based in Nashua, N.H., I knew I was in for a full-on propaganda treat. It’s rather like visiting the website of the BP company for an honest assessment o ...

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One Step Up . . . One Step Back

If you follow daily worldwide news about pesticides, you know that virtually all days are the same. Story after story tells us that pesticides are causing harm; shill after shill for the chemical industry lines up to say pesticides are perfectly safe. Take today's news: Here's a clip from the corn belt about a woman blatantly sprayed with atrazine: http://www.theindychannel.com/news/23759880/detail.html, wh ...

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Arkansas Rally Sparks Middle American Passions

In my travels, I've seen adherence to belief in the sanctity of pesticides most fervent in what is known as the "farm belt," a region of Midwestern states that rely on agriculture as a way of life. That's why this news story yesterday really caught our eye: http://www.lovelycitizen.com/story/1638807.html ...

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President’s Cancer Panel Issues Sharp Pesticide Warnings

More than 100 people from the U.S. and Canada emailed me today about the same subject. An elite group of doctors that comprise the President's Cancer Panel today issued perhaps the most damning report in U.S. history on the health impacts of chemicals. Titled Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now," the report specifically addressed pesticides used on lawns and gardens. "The entire U.S. popu ...

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Report: EPA Ignores Science, Understaffed

The chemical industry constantly stands behind the assertion that its products are safe — because they're approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States. If you believe that to be true, even for a second, read this: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/04/29/epa-probe-politics-shortages-affect-environmental-agencys-wor/ ...

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