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Stop School Pests! IPM Training for School Staff

IPM Institute for North America’s Alina Freund takes a dive into school pest management strategies and introduces a new tool that will better our children’s lives. Students spend a major part of each day in school– at least 25% of the time they’re awake! An unhealthy school environment can have a profound effect on their health

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Fighting Enemies, Cultivating Active Educators in 2017

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson calls for an all-hands-on-deck effort to eliminate pesticide misuse in 2017. The MGG Forum’s active education approach builds the foundation. 2017 started with the worst possible news for us.  On January 2nd in Amarillo, Texas four children died in their trailer home from the misuse of the toxic pesticide Aluminum phosphide. The

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Top Ten Reasons Not to Poison Your Lawn

Jean-Marie Kauth, PhD, Associate Professor at Benedictine University, runs down the environmental and health concerns of synthetic lawn pesticides. Dandelions are pretty and edible Dandelions are good food for bees, which are struggling. Pesticides are harmful to wildlife, particularly amphibians. Lawn chemicals are expensive and consume fossil fuels. Pesticides have been shown to cross the placenta

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Prepare your roots for a healthy new year!

October is your last and most important chance to feed your lawn and ready it for next spring. Make it count! Says Shay Lunseth, co-founder of Organic Lawns by LUNSETH in Minneapolis. Fall introduces new beginnings.  A new school year where we take in knowledge to grow our minds and prepare for a bright future.  Fall, also,

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Tough Mudder

Things starting to get tight below the green? Grass roots struggling? Time to aerate! Says MPAC’s Metcalf intern Leah Garner. Below the ground a worm struggles, trapped in the layers of tightly packed organic matter and soil of your lawn.  Each new footstep smashes in an opening where the worm can execute its day to

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Summer 2016 update- Twenty Minutes to Impact

20 Minutes. That’s the target for our projects at MPAC, now. What can we accomplish with 20 minutes? It took a 20 minute presentation to build the foundations for a 2.9 acre Pesticide-Free park in Elmhurst, a 20 minute initial planning meeting to design an online Integrated Pest Management training that more than 800 childcare staff used,

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