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Sevin Dust, Bug B Gon, 2,4-D : ALL Lawn & Garden Chemicals WILL MAKE YOUR PETS SICK!

All lawn and garden chemicals will make your cat or dog sick.

All lawn and garden chemicals will make your cat or dog sick.

Let me get right to the point:  ALL LAWN & GARDEN CHEMICALS WILL MAKE YOUR PETS SICK.  There are no exceptions to this rule!

Just as you can be sickened by Sevin Dust, Spectracide, Bug B Gon, Scott’s Weed & Feed, 2,4-D, Triazicide, Bayer All-In-One products or any other lawn care chemical, so can your pet.

Pesticides and herbicides are toxic chemicals.  They are poison. Get that?

Every time you use products like Sevin Dust, Bug B Gon, 2,4-D or others, you run the risk of poisoning your cat or dog. (or yourself and your kids, too.)

Pesticides are neurotoxins,  meaning they act on the brain.  They’ve also been found to increase chances of cancer in animals, respiratory disease, muscle weakness and a host of other serious complications.

Pesticides and lawn care chemicals do not dissipate.  When your pet walks on the lawn you just treated with Bug B Gon,  Spectracide, Scott’s Weed & Feed or 2,4-D, it will pick up residue on its feet and coat.  It tracks it into your home. Then, in grooming itself, it ingests the chemical.

In a study conducted by Purdue University found that even after lawn chemicals had dried, reside was still found on dogs tested.

In 2,4-D exposure, dogs were found to have very high instances of malignant lymphoma.  Despite numerous epidemiological studies linking it to cancer in dogs and people, The EPA refuses to classify it as a carcinogen.

These are not harmless chemicals. They cause significant neurological and endocrine damage in humans and pets.

Please educate yourself. Your health, the health of your family and that of your pet depends on it.

READ MORE:

If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!  <— A “Pesticides 101” primer.

Sevin Dust Is Not Your Garden Friend

 


Neonicotinoid: Spreading Death to Bees – Bayer Products

Bayer AdvancedBayer Advanced Flower, Rose and Shrub care contains imidacloprid, a new class of neonicotinoid which causes nervous system damage resulting in paralysis and death to bees and other beneficial insects. It is helping to decimate the bee population.

It also has tebuconazole which is a potent fungicide,  possible carcinogen, suspected endocrine disruptor and a water contaminant.

What IS a neonicotoid?  It is a systemic pesticide meaning that it gets into the plant itself.  It is a derivative of nicotine.  It is used in liquid or granular form.  After the plant absorbs it, the neonicotoid expresses itself in the plant’s pollen. This is bee food.  Bees and other insects systems are highly susceptible to the nerve damage caused by these pesticides.  Their bodies are unable to detoxify from the effects of these chemicals.

Neonicotinoids are a rapidly growing sector of the pesticide market globally, used on more than 140 crop varieties. They are applied in a wide variety of settings against pests in soil, seed, turf, timber as well as foliar treatments for cereals, cotton, legumes, potatoes, orchard fruits, rice, turf and vegetables. They are also common in veterinary applications such as tick control and flea collars for pets. Note that these products are also used on FOOD!

In the past few years this pesticide has become suspect in massive bee die offs.

If you use this product or any class of neonicotinoid, you are also contributing to groundwater pollution as it is persistent in the soil after use.  In other words, it just doesn’t go away.

Massive bee deaths are indicated for this class of pesticide.

Massive bee deaths are indicated for this class of pesticide.

Lowe’s and Home Depot sell tons of this toxic Bayer product every season. Currently there are a few petitions circulating – even to the EPA – that would ban the sale of this class of neonicotinoid.  But business being what it is – and the chemical lobby being so strong – plus the fact that this is such a money-maker for Lowe’s and Home Depot – I don’t think they will voluntarily pull these products from their shelves.  Only an outright ban on its manufacture and sale would do.

RELATED:

What Are Pesticides?

Pesticides Myths:  what YOU should know!

Bee Charmers.org:  read about bees and what you can do to help them!


Got Sevin Dust? You’re Killing Bees!

BeeGot Sevin Dust? You’re killing bees.

From the label:

Environmental Hazards  BEE CAUTION:  MAY KILL HONEY BEES AND OTHER BEES   (<–Click on link & enlarge to see full text of Sevin label)

Product name GARDENTECH® SEVIN®-READY-TO-USE 5% DUST

Emergency Overview Caution! Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if absorbed through skin. Harmful if inhaled. Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing. Avoid breathing dust.

Ingestion Harmful if swallowed. This product causes reversible cholinesterase inhibition without long term effects. Repeated overexposure may cause more severe cholinesterase inhibition with more pronounced symptoms. May lead to rapid onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, involuntary shaking, excess salivation, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision, profuse sweating, temporary paralysis, respiratory depression, and convulsions. Do not take internally.

"Avoid contact with skin.  Do not breathe dust"

“Avoid contact with skin. Do not breathe dust”

Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or weeds if bees are visiting the treatment area.

Potential Environmental 
Effect

Extremely toxic to aquatic and estuarine invertebrates. Highly toxic to bees

Sevin

So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, if you are using Sevin Dust , YOU are helping to kill our very valuable bees.

I just went on the “duh” site, “Ask.com” and read all the moronic posts from Neanderthals who use this stuff. Why don’t people GET this? If you use any kind of garden chemical, especially Sevin Dust, you will kill beneficial insects like bees.

 RELATED:

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet on Sevin Dust including precautions


Sevin Dust Dangers, Round-Up & Other Garden Chemicals

  • Of the 30 most commonly used pesticides, fungicides or insecticides:
    • 19 are linked with cancer
    • 13 linked with birth defects
    • 21 with reproductive effects
    • 26 with liver or kidney damage
    • 15 neurotoxicity (nervous system)
    • 11 with endocrine (hormone) disruption
    • 17 are found in groundwater
    • 23 have the ability TO leach into groundwater
    • 11 are extremely toxic to bees
    • 16 are toxic to birds

Sevin dust is a popular lawn and garden chemical. So are Scott’s Turf Builder, Round-Up, Bug B Gon, Bayer products, Spectricide, Triazicide and others.

What do they have in common?

THEY ARE POISON

You cannot use it IN your house, ON your dog, near children or pregnant woman.

Why?

They are neurotoxins meaning it affects your nervous system & brain.

They are carcinogens meaning they cause cancer!

They cause birth defects

  • Women who are pregnant from May to September have higher instances of fetal abnormalities.

They are highly toxic to fish, bees and birds.

Your dog and cats can get cancer from being on lawns or in gardens treated with these chemicals.

You can make your children very, VERY sick – even predispose them to CANCER.

Aren’t these enough reasons NOT to use them?

For more information read:

Sevin Dust Is NOT Your Garden Friend

If You Use Pesticides READ THIS


If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!

wrningAmericans apply approximately 75 MILLION POUNDS of lawn care products annually; pesticides and insecticides used on your lawn  around your home.  They include ROUND-UP, Scott’s Weed and Feed, Sevin Dust, Bug B Gon, Triazicide, Spectricide, Ortho, Bayer products, Azatrine (2-4-D) which is a component in Agent Orange, Scott’s Winterizer and many others.  They are POISON and studies have proven the following:

  • There is NO safe ‘chemical’ pesticide or herbicide
  • Are known carcinogens (cause cancer)
  • Are hormone and endocrine system disruptors.
  • All are neurotoxins –  meaning toxic to the brain, causing brain cell death and affecting brain function.
  • Recent studies show pesticides to be a direct cause of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, ALS and other neurological disorders & shrinkage of the brain.
  • Can be passed from pregnant mother to fetus causing birth defects or abortion
  • Cause allergic reactions
  • Children are especially susceptible to neurological damage, increased rates of cancer, ADD, asthma, development of allergies from exposure to lawn chemicals and pesticides.
  • If you have a well and use lawn chemicals you are poisoning your own water.
  • Pesticides and chemicals applied by lawn services have heavier application rates than for agriculture!
  • Golf courses use millions of pounds of herbicides & pesticides and with heavy watering, contribute to groundwater contamination.
  • Electric companies, railroads and municipalities also contribute to environmental & groundwater pollution with herbicide spraying of right-of-ways, parks, rail and roadsides.  Corporations also use these chemicals around their buildings to keep their lawns weed free. The list is endless!
  • Will make your pets ill, predisposing them to cancer and a host of other diseases.
  • Runoff from suburban lawns does not dissipate.  Instead it persists in the environment for decades.
  • Catch basins in urban areas and ponds, streams and lakes in rural areas – and finally, the ocean, are all polluted by pesticides and lawn care chemicals.
  • Each time you use lawn care products or pesticides you WILL kill beneficial insects such as earthworms, bees, butterflies, praying mantises as well as birds, frogs and other mammals.  This will be from either direct contact (bees and insects) or indirect (birds or other wildlife) or from water runoff.  Birds will eat chemicals that are in pelletized form thinking it’s food.
  • Honeybee colony collapse is directly related to the use of pesticides over the past 50 years.
  • Insects have developed a resistance to these chemicals as have weeds.  Manufacturers have to develop stronger chemicals or mix them with older ones which haven’t been in use recently.
  • Pesticides and insecticides don’t just ‘go away’.  Some stay in the soil for long periods of time – years!
  • Children, because of their developing brains, muscles, bones – have a tenfold exposure over adults.
  • Women pregnant from May to September have highest risks of birth defects for their unborn child if they are exposed to pesticides and lawn care products.
  • Pesticide drift from wind and rains can bring chemicals on your property and into your home.
  • Of the 30 most commonly used pesticides
    • 19 are linked with cancer
    • 13 linked with birth defects
    • 21 with reproductive effects
    • 26 with liver or kidney damage
    • 15 neurotoxicity
    • 11 with endocrine (hormone) disruption
    • 17 are found in groundwater
    • 23 have the ability TO leach into groundwater
    • 11 are toxic to bees
    • 16 are toxic to birds

You have to ask yourself:

  • Is it WORTH IT to have the ideal ‘golf course’ lawn, an insect-free yard or perfect vegetables – to put my family and pets and even my neighbors at risk for a premature death from cancer,  increased chances of neurological, reproductive disorders or organ failure or allergies years from now?  Is it WORTH IT to expose my family, even those not yet born, to an uncertain fate from exposure to chemicals which is not even necessary?

 

My answer to that would be NO!  What would yours be?

Further reading:

http://www.panna.org/your-health/home-pets-garden

http://www.panna.org/sites/default/files/Pets_Action_Guide.pdf

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/lawn/factsheets/30health.pdf


12-12-12: Activism in Food, Environment & Human Rights

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12-12-12 speaks of the change we’ve been in for years.

The date, 12-12-12 has been in the news a lot lately.  In a purely  metaphysical sense, December 12, 2012 is a time of great shift energetically on this planet. The wave of uprisings, world protests, and climate disasters,  has all been for a reason:  to raise human consciousness that things cannot go on this way if we are to survive on this Earth.  According to doomsday theorists, 2012 is reported by some to be the end of the world.  Some devout Christians believe that the “end times” are upon us; the return of Jesus is imminent.

I believe the energy of the world  is changing. I do believe these are the “end times,” but not in a sense of the Earth blowing up & angels appearing to carry off the devout to heaven.  No, I believe it is a shift in human realization, in consciousness; belief that a change is needed in the way we must do things.

From what I have experienced in the last few years is this:  The people of this world have come forward to speak out on everything from food, human rights, government abuse, the environment, ecology, war, climate change, religious freedom, corporate greed and wrongdoings in just about every category.

Over the last 10 years or so I, along with countless others, have waged a battle over food and the environment.  We’ve taken on food rights, food manufacturing, “Big Food,” food from corporate farms to advocate for the smaller, more environmentally friendly local farmers.

Farm and food activists have sought to inform the public about artificial ingredients, food safety, GMOs, GMO labeling in food, presence of pesticides, herbicides and chemical poisons in our environment, as well as our daily lives. Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont and BASF have literally gotten away with murder, both on a human and environmental scale.  Our world’s environment is changing, people are dying in increased numbers from cancer and other ailments caused by our food and massive use of chemicals.

11-1-11: protest at the FDA for raw milk

11-1-11: protest at the FDA for raw milk

There have been protests at the FDA, countless state capitals in this country and around the world.  We’ve fought for the release of activists like raw milk proponent Michael Schmidt &  witnessed milk wars in Brussels!  Movies like, “Food Inc,” “Fresh,” and “Farmageddon”  have brought the public insight into the farm and food industry like nothing since Upton Sinclar’s “The Jungle,” in 1906. Luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Oz to Michelle Obama and the White House have gotten on board.

This is change – THIS is good!

The Occupy movement took hold and challenged Wall Street, the government and corporate America. The rallying cry, “We are the 99%” has made the super rich take notice.  Our election, won by Barack Obama, not Mitt Romney, told of the rejection of corporate America in our lives.  The Tea Party, Fox News and even good old Rush Limbaugh have taken a beating, and rightly so. It is past time that “we the people” take back our country.  “We the 98%”  must keep speaking out, telling the 1% that they should realize we outnumber them! Even the billionaire Koch brothers who spent millions on Mitt Romney’s campaign didn’t assure him the win.  In the end it was we, the “little” people who turned out in force:  women, immigrants, people of color, the working class and the poor along with the young and said:  “Enough is enough!”

We must keep saying:  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

From hurricane Katrina in 2003, to Irene last year and now hurricane Sandy, things are getting serious with climate change.  We environmentalists have screamed about this for decades.  Nobody paid attention. The oil lobby has fought tooth and nail,  subverting every environmentally sound idea or product which comes along, buying votes, infiltrating government and bribing our lawmakers!  Enough IS enough!  Climate change is real, you buffoons!  It’s long past time to get serious!  It may even be too late but we absolutely cannot ignore the earth’s warnings any longer.  This is real, it’s not going to get better;  the Earth is pissed off and in the end, good old Mom Nature IS going to win!  There will be nothing that humans can do about it.

Around the globe, especially in the Middle East, governments have collapsed under the weight of protests.  Again, the people are speaking out.  Human rights can no longer be ignored.  Oppression, brutality and evil in the likes of Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gaddafi, and Osama Bin Laden cannot stand in this sweep of energy of world events.  Humanity will no longer tolerate murderers who kill for the sake of killing or profess dominance of their kind over another, no matter what the religious or ethnic differences are.  The energy of this world is changing and the “us versus them” must be  overruled by simply, “us,”  “we,” or “the people of this Earth.”

I am sure that many of you can feel the change because we’ve been it in.  It’s not going to magically appear on 12-12-12; it’s been changing for a long time.  All one has to do is read the papers or talk to others.  To me, things feel different – they have for some time.

Let us all, therefore, take a minute to notice change, to be the change, do what we can to help the change for the betterment of humans worldwide.  Whether or not you actually believe it is happening, you can’t doubt that something has taken place.  It’s an opening up of the goodness of humans, the desire to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  It crosses every boundary, speaks every language, is encompassed in every religion.  The energy of 12-12-12 has been with us globally and will continue to be.  12-12-12 equals change for the good for the people on earth, the health and continuation of every being and miraculous function of this planet.  It’s the only hope we have.


Bayer Advanced Insect Killer Plays on Consumer’s Fear of Germs

Bayer's GERM KILLER Insect spray preys on consumer's fanatical fear of germs! Absolutely IDIOTIC!

I love to show the public how ridiculously stupid they are.

I was in Lowe’s yesterday.  I happened to notice a display of Bayer insect spray that made me (involuntarily!)  shout…, “WHAT?”  It wasn’t the Bayer name that got me; it was the fact that I saw GERM KILLER on the same label with the words “insect”.  Incredibly, the label says…

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Kills insects and reduces 99% of the germs* that they may leave behind

  • Provides up to 12 months of indoor insect protection1
  • Kills ants and roaches in seconds
  • Controls 60+ pests
  • Can be used as an outdoor barrier treatment
  • Not for residential sale in CA

*Staphylococcus aureus and Enterobacter aerogenes on hard, non-porous, non-food contact surfaces. No residual sanitizer action. Not for primary use as a sanitizer.

1 For German Cockroaches, Black Carpenter Ants and House Crickets on non-porous surfaces.

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Please – give me a break!

I can see it now.  Consumers grabbing up bottles of this insecticide just because it says GERM KILLER…, and this is just what Bayer wants;  to play on the public’s ridiculous obsession with germs.  Some won’t read the label or figure it’s safe to spray this near food preparation areas or where infants, toddlers and children may come in contact with it.  They may even use it in places where their pets are, endangering them, too.

The public has gotten a real case of the “dumbs.”  This germaphobic thing of late is so out of hand.  Companies are cashing in on the words “antibacterial” and “antibiotic” and germ killer like there’s no tomorrow. 

According to scientists and the medical profession, we’re got a very dangerous situation resulting from the incessant demands of consumers to be germ-free.   Over-the-counter antibiotic products are contributing to drug resistance for MRSA, a highly dangerous and easily spread staph infection.

Now, Bayer and probably other insecticide manufacturers will spread more fear of germs.  Consumers will only SEE the words:  GERM KILLER and reach for this gallon of poison to protect their family from     g….e….r….m….s !    

Yep – this is another product that  the dumb public will just have to have in their never-ending war to be germ-free!

Further Reading:

http://www.pharmatimes.com/Article/11-04-08/Spread_of_antibiotic_resistance_creating_a_crisis_-_WHO.aspx