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Urbana Grows Green Weekend

Lawn and garden care experts share tips to manage your lawn and garden without pesticides September 7 – 11th   According to the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, a weed-free lawn doesn’t always mean a healthy lawn. “It often means incomplete,” said MPAC’s Assistant Director and Communications Manager, Ryan Anderson. “Dandelions provide a feast for honeybees

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Glyphosate loses this one but still a long way to go!

A San Francisco district court reached a historic decision last Friday. Monsanto must pay $289 million to one man, Dewayne Johnson, suffering from terminal Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for misleading the public on the safety of their products that contain the toxic chemical glyphosate, Ranger Pro and RoundUp. More than 450 lawsuits regarding the health effects and safety

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The Alternative Lawn

Amy Cox, Co-Owner of Pro Time Lawn Seed, discusses low-input, low maintenance alternatives to the conventional, uniform lawn. The American lawn is changing. Whether driven by environmental awareness or personal taste, homeowners search for sustainable alternatives to the thirsty monoculture of the ‘perfect’ lawn that requires loads of time, fertilizers, and pesticides to maintain. By

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MGG Lawn and Land Forum Resources

MPAC is partnering with the Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association on the Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum to document, summarize, and improve the state of Integrated Pest Management and Natural Lawn Care policies and practices locally, regionally, and nationally. The Forum hosts sessions quarterly and engages practitioners from sporting fields to academics. View the

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The Whats and Whys of Mosquito Abatement Districts

Do you know your Mosquito Abatement District? MPAC’s Ruth Kerzee sheds light on these mysterious, quasi-governmental agencies When I was a kid, oh those many years ago, mosquito bites were a part and parcel of summer. No one seemed to give a hoot about them except for those unattractive, red itchy bites that sometimes kept

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Natural Pesticides: False Advertising or Bed Bug Boon?

In BITE Back! Vol. 21, we reported on the effectiveness of essential oils for bed bug control. “Green” pest management has become a trend in recent years, with more consumers looking to natural products for insect control to reduce health risks. But because these “minimum risk” (a.k.a. EPA 25B list) pesticides pose little to no

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Ants!

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson covers how to rid your yard of the most loathed pest naturally. From the questions we field at MPAC, we aren’t surprised that the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports ants as the number one nuisance pest in the US. For indoor pest control, MPAC provides Integrated Pest Management (IPM) resources that minimize access

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Events, News

I Spy Green!

Retailers across Greater Chicago share eco-friendly lawn & garden product information Sunday, May 6th. Enter in any one of 21 Midwest Grows Green (MGG) hardware and garden stores on Chicago Grows Green (CGG) Retailer Day, Sunday, May 6th and you will find the products and tools needed to manage your lawn and garden with limited

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Chicago Grows Green

During Chicago Grows Green Week communities, advocates, and nonprofits envision a future Chicago landscape without synthetic lawn chemicals. No pesticides, no “Keep off the Grass” signs, and no environmental and health risks. That’s the future the Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and many others hope to demonstrate during Chicago Grows Green

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Stoughton Grows Green

During Stoughton Grows Green Day, citizen action groups, nonprofits, and advocates envision a future Stoughton landscape without synthetic lawn chemicals No pesticides, no “Keep off the Grass” signs, and no environmental and health risks.  That’s the future that Sustainable Stoughton, Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), and many others hope to demonstrate during Stoughton Grows Green Day,

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