- Category: Environmental
- Published on Sunday, 18 November 2012 14:13
- Written by Paul Tukey
These organizations all support the pesticide reduction laws that took full effect in Connecticut in 2010.
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MAINE--(ENEWSPF)--November 18, 2012. Ever since state senator Ed Meyer authored the nation’s first statewide law seven years ago that began to eliminate lawn-care pesticides from around school grounds, Connecticut has been ground zero in a battle with no end in sight.
As hard as we and many others have championed Connecticut’s efforts — calling on other states across America to follow suit and create beautiful landscapes organically — the supporters of the synthetic chemical pesticide industry have relentlessly pushed back with (almost) equal force. As the legislation designed to protect children progressed from grammar schools (2005) to grades K-8 (2007), Connecticut lawmakers have fended off bogus claims that organic maintenance is financially impractical or functionally ineffective.
When the phase-in periods lapsed in 2010 and all schools and daycare centers through grades 8 were forced to comply with the pesticide reduction laws in Connecticut, the rhetoric grew even louder from the pro-chemical bandwagon. This past October the words grew more angry when Kachina Walsh-Weaver of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities accused the anti-pesticide movement of spreading “misinformation” in her widely circulated letter.
“This coalition of municipal organizations, and others, urge you to evaluate the safety, risks and utilize sound science — not get misled by conjecture, sound bits and scare tactics,” she wrote.
This field in Connecticut has been maintained organically since 2005.
Paul Tukey An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.