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Guest Blog: Don’t Advertise Poisons to Children

[caption id="attachment_5403" align="alignleft" width="396"] From the Mosquito Squad web site[/caption] By Nancy Alderman, president, Environment and Human Health Inc. Although the franchise pesticide spraying business, "Mosquito Squad," (http://www.mosquitosquad.com) has taken down its coloring book for toddlers — its cartoon pesticide spraying mascot, "Dred Skeeter," is all over YouTube — he is at parades ...

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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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Tick Repellent Has Glowing Reports

RESEARCH SHOWS ECOSMART PRODUCT IS SAFE, EFFECTIVE I scoff at poison ivy, or bee stings, or the other associated scratches and itches that come from a life outdoors. It’s part of it. And worth it. But Lyme Disease has struck fear into many of us living in the Northeast and, as much as I hate to admit it, I’m in that club. As someone who has practically preached the benefits of an outdoor lifestyle through g ...

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Baseball Fields Sprayed, Host Youth Games 30 Minutes Later

[caption id="attachment_5152" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="With the Keep off the Grass Sign evident in the foreground, a baseball game takes place Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. on a field that had been treated with synthetic toxic weed killers at approximately 4:30 p.m. (Sandy Syburg photo)"][/caption] It happens, undoubtedly, often and everywhere. Poisons are sprayed to kill weeds on sports fields, ...

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‘Pocket Veto’ Keeps Connecticut Pesticide Law Alive

[caption id="attachment_5057" align="alignleft" width="419" caption="Richard Roy"][/caption]   His move was nothing short of heroic yesterday, but it also came with a reminder about just how difficult it will be to keep beating back the monster that is the synthetic chemical industry. Stating "it's no time to turn our backs on Connecticut's children," 10-term state representative Richard Roy was able t ...

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Hunger Games Offers New Hope for the Dandelion

[caption id="attachment_4944" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="This dandelion, growing in a sidewalk, was spotted this morning."][/caption] I spotted my first dandelion today. Warmed by the surrounding pavement, it was popping up through a corner crack in a sidewalk. Every year when the first dandelion sighting happens, usually later than this year, I quietly pay homage to my late grandmother, for who ...

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Report: Widely Used Weed Killer Spurs Reproductive Problems

An international team of 22 researchers released a report yesterday that reiterated the overwhelming evidence that a commonly used synthetic chemical weed killer causes birth defects and other problems related to reproduction in many forms of life including mammals. Here is the link: http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/195601/herbicide_spurs_reproductive_problems_in_many_animals:_research.html ...

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Community Uproar Turns Back Pesticide Threat Near Chicago

Anyone concerned with pesticide spraying should take note: PROTESTS DO WORK. For further evidence, turn to Highland Park, Ill., where 25 emails and 600-plus signatures on a petition caught the attention of local officials who ultimately delayed a plan to spray public parks with synthetic weed killers: http://highlandpark.suntimes.com/news/7810266-418/park-district-backs-off-pesticide-use.html. The issue in ...

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As Scotts’ Stock Plummets Opportunities May Arise

Miracle-Gro Stock Drops 12 Percent on Monday Blaming bad weather, the leader of the world’s largest lawn chemical company announced this morning that Scotts Miracle-Gro earnings slipped 37 percent from May through July. The value of the publicly traded company has likewise plummeted during that same period, from a high of $60.62 per share on May 10 of this year, to $40.41 as yesterday's close. The company l ...

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