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Safer Lawns

Most of Canada has banned the majority of common lawn and garden pesticides still in use in the United States.

The documentary movie, A Chemical Reaction (, focuses on the origin of the anti-lawn pesticide movement in North America. The documentary movie tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America.  It started with one lone voice in 1984.  Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist, noticed a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides.  With relentless persistence, she brought her concerns to town meetings to warn her fellow citizens that the chemicals they were putting on their lawns posed severe health risks and had unknown side effects on the environment.

The movie—through its narrator Paul Tukey, the founder of—asks a simple yet complex question: “If these products are banned in Canada, why do we still use them here?”

Find it in our area at: Chippewa Valley Growers – Eau Claire, 715-839-8448 Grinde’s Garden Center, Inc. – Eau Claire, 715-833-2292 Down to Earth Garden Center – Cadott, 715-289-4567 Klinger Farm Market – Chippewa Falls, 715-288-6348

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