Documentary aims to reduce use of pesticides in Maine

7:15 PM, Mar 26, 2010   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Four communities in Maine have restricted the use of  lawn pesticides on town-owned property.  A documentary called "A Chemical Reaction" encourages other communities to do the same.

For Castine and Brunswick, the concern was protecting the water supply.  In Camden and Rockport, citizens concerned about children rolling on treated grass, brought the issue to town leaders.  Parks Director Jeff Kuller says the playing fields, parks and schools have a few more dandelions, and spend a little more on organic lawn products, but he feels good about what the town in doing.

Paul Tukey of safelawns.org  and Brett Plymale have produced a documentary  on the first town in North America to ban pesticides.  Hudson, Quebec banned them outright, and fought their right to do so all the way to Canada's Supreme Court.  The documentary follows that fight and question why the U.S. is  not doing more.

"A Chemical Reaction" will be shown at:

South Portland, SMCC, Jewett Auditorium, March 31
Yarmouth High School, Performing Arts Center, April 1

All showtimes are 7 p.m. and will include a Q&A session after the film.

Click the video and attached links for more information, including the state's website that encourages homeowners do reduce pesticide use and offers environmentally-friendly alternatives.

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