Interview with Paul Tukey about "A Chemical Reaction," a Film about Chemical Pesticides

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Organic gardening advocate Scott Reil of HelpfulGardener.com interviews Paul Tukey about his new documentary, "A Chemical Reaction", a film that documents how a small town decided to fight the chemical pesticide industry in order to protect it's citizens.

If Home Depot in Canada has decided that lawn pesticides are too toxic to sell them in its Canadian stores, why does it still sell them in the U.S.?

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Scott Reil of HelpfulGardener.com interviews Paul Tukey about his new film, A Chemical Reaction. Paul Tukey, star of the HGTV show "People, Places, and Plants," discusses his motivation for making the film and the positive response he's received from audiences. But he also reveals how the United States horticultural industry has been ambivalent and even hostile toward the film.

"Responses do run the gamut. Socially conscious companies like Seventh Generation and Ben & Jerry's in Vermont loved the movie. And yet the film was essentially black-balled from the largest horticulture industry trade show in New England where the leadership still believes in better gardening through chemicals. I've supported that show for 15 years with booth fees, free advertising, and favorable press, yet this year was told the movie was unwelcome."

"At the core, the film asks a simple question: If Home Depot in Canada has decided that lawn pesticides are too toxic to sell them in its Canadian stores, why does it still sell them in the U.S.? Shouldn't everyone be asking that question?... Most people in the U.S. have no idea their lawns may be poisonous."

Read the complete interview at HelpfulGardener.com

http://www.helpfulgardener.com/organic/2006/chemical-reaction.html

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