Documentary marks 20th anniversary of first pesticide ban

With the natural lawn and garden trend sweeping the nation, North America’s leading advocate of natural lawn care will spend Earth Day week offering educational seminars in the western regions of the nation.

Paul Tukey, author of the best-selling book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, will screen his 2009 award-winning film, “A Chemical Reaction”, several times during his five-day Canadian tour.

The tour begins Sunday, April 17, in Edmonton, Alberta, then moves to the East Kootenay Region of British Columbia through Thursday, April 21.

The film, “A Chemical Reaction”, centers on the town of Hudson, Quebec.  Hudson is the first municipality in North America to ban lawn and garden pesticides in 1991.

Hudson’s story, as told through the film, has subsequently inspired many other Canadian municipalities.

“The documentary, A Chemical Reaction, is 75 minutes of pure inspiration that a community can come together and overcome great odds to effect change,” said Patti Moore, Health Promotion Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society.

“Here in the East Kootenays, four communities have adopted cosmetic pesticide bans and more are interested in taking action. Paul Tukey brings extensive knowledge about not only why it’s important to eliminate unnecessary pesticides, but also how we can change our practices to have beautiful, and healthy, lawns and gardens,” Moore continued.

Tukey, an American journalist and lawn care professional who founded the non-profit Foundation known as SafeLawns.org, said his trip to Canada holds special significance due to the timing.

“May 6, 2011, will mark the 20th anniversary of the town of Hudson’s historic ban,” he said. “Now 80 percent of the nation has followed suit. The entire nation of Canada should be proud of the world lead that the country is taking to protect children from toxic lawn products. What better time than Earth Day to celebrate this accomplishment,” Tukey explained.

Tukey’s tour of the East Kootenay includes the Elk Valley on Monday, April 18, Golden and Invermere on Tuesday, April 19, Kimberley on Wednesday, April 20, and Cranbrook on Thursday, April 21.

For further details on Tukey’s educational presentations and screenings of the film, please contact Patti Moore at the Canadian Cancer Society at 1-800-656-6426 or at pmoore@bc.cancer.ca   To learn more about A Chemical Reaction, and to purchase a copy of the DVD, go to ifightcancer.ca.

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