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Ask Annie: Leukemia or a Weedless Lawn?

Ask Annie: Leukemia or a Weedless Lawn?

Something big has happened in Canada, and I’d love it if we would all celebrate by urging our state governments to follow the Canadians’ lead. The provinces of Ontario and Quebec have both banned the use of cosmetic pesticides! These are the type you put on your lawn and spray on your rose bushes. Astonishingly, Home Depot is listening and voluntarily stopping the sale of traditional pesticides in Canada and replacing them with eco-friendly versions.

This is big news because the reason for this is to protect the health of pregnant women and children. Research shows that children who are exposed to pesticides and herbicides have a higher risk of leukemia, among other things.

Skip herbicides this spring. To avoid weeds, mulch your garden instead. Cover the area with newspapers, then cover the papers with a more decorative mulch. This process will smother any weed growth. Concerns about toxins in newspaper inks are outdated. Pretty mulches include pine needles, hay, stones, straw, seaweed, peat moss—anything you have that is wholesome and abundant. Just avoid cocoa mulch as it is lethal to pets.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:29AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Half a century ago, Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine was publishing ideas such as this. It is nice to see that it is now becoming mainstream.

9:52AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012


11:50AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Thanks so much for this info.

5:36PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

HOORAY, if only Australia could be this insightful... but am afraid it will cost a couple of decades more fighting the ignorance around pesticides and herbicides here!

12:44AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Thanks so much for this story

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5:12AM PST on Feb 22, 2011

Thanks for the info.

4:45AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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