Culture Is Taking Care of Your Grass Making You Sick?

Published on September 22nd, 2009 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

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Is Taking Care of Your Grass Making You Sick?

When dermatologist June Irwin first stood up in 1985 to speak at a Hudson, Quebec, town council meeting about the potential link between synthetic lawn pesticide and herbicide use and human and animal illnesses, she was written off as a flake. Irwin persisted, though, attending “every single town meeting in Hudson for six consecutive years – each time reading aloud a different letter with new observations and facts.” Eventually, she got her message across, and Hudson (population 5000) became the first town in North America to ban the use of these chemicals.

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This week, Irwin’s story hits the big screen at film festivals in Boston and Sonoma, California. The independent documentary A Chemical Reaction premiered in August in Montreal, and received rave reviews from critics: MovieMaker magazine called it “one of the most eye-opening documentaries I’ve ever seen.”

Read more about A Chemical Reaction at the Sundance Channel’s SUNfiltered blog



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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog. You can keep up with all of his writing at Facebook, and at



  • russ

    Hi Jeff – remember, these are the same people being encouraged to plant gardens and will follow basically the same practices.

    A farmer learns to and is forced to control applications, quantities and methods. The home gardener faces not such restrictions and I don’t give too many people credit for having the sense to realize the danger in unrestricted use of chemicals & fertilizers.

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