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Man, I wish I could be in DC for this (and maybe some Cherry Blossoms too - anyone know if they're poppin' yet?) Thanks!

wow, that is so cool; wish I lived nearby!

Paul Tukey.
I just can't get past the fact that when his magazine (PPP) folded, he did not have the courtesy to notify his subscribers. I heard not a word - the magazine just vanished - along with my subscription money.

Very interested in seeing "Chemical Reaction," Susan, just hope I don't walk out in a huff after seeing something that confuses more than it enlightens. I'm not so sure being called "The Al Gore of lawn care" is much of a kudo.

What you linked to already concerns me--nothing there explains that every fertilizer, insecticide, herbicide and fungicide used in gardening and farming is a chemical. As the new post on my site, tips for successful vegetable gardening, points out in detail, the choice is not between chemical products and organic products, the choice is between synthetic chemical products and organic chemical products.

Either way, you are always using a chemical. Some synthetic chemicals have less impact on the environment than their organic chemical counterparts, and vice-versa. Pesticides and fungicides are two areas where the organic chemicals approved for use (and being used) by organic farmers across America and the world are sometimes more harmful than synthetic chemical alternatives, as can be learned by anyone who checks out the EIQ (Environmental Impact Quotient) numbers for things like copper hydroxide (organic), horticultural oil (organic) and Rotenone (organic, except oops, Rotenone was banned for use by the EPA in 2005 because it was so nasty. Too bad. The organic farmers used it a lot. The stuff worked).

So I'm curious what chemicals used in pesticides were banned by Canada. And of course, curious what would happen to the world's food supply if pesticides were banned across the board. (Oh wait, we'd all starve.)

Or is the ban movement only after synthetic pesticides? That would be a pity. Several common synthetic chemicals used by gardeners and conventional farmers have lower EIQs than some of the organic chemicals used by organic gardeners and farmers. Many insecticidal oils (in the trade they are more politely called, "horticultural oils") have far higher EIQs than synthetic chemical products that work more efficiently.

Many "organic only" produce buyers I speak to are stunned to learn that a very large majority of the organic produce they purchase is sprayed with chemicals. The organic farmers have to spray. If they didn't, they'd lose their crops and go out of business. Not only are some of these organic treatments more toxic than synthetics, they usually cost more, a big reason why organic produce costs more than conventionally grown produce. But now I'm rambling.

My point is, I hope this film isn't more smoke and mirrors. People already don't understand the facts. I'll wait and see.


Thanks for the tip - I have added several of these to my Netflix list!

I'm planning on seeing several of these but my own count was much higher than just 7 garden films - a few more I think are of much more interest are: Dirt! The Movie, Soil in Good Heart, and the Seed Hunter.

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