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February 17, 2011

Green Your Presidents' Day: Banish Those Poisons

EPA sign We honor our country's leaders on Presidents' Day. While we do rely on them to achieve change, each of us is responsible for improving our world. This week, we'll use our presidents as inspiration for eco-friendly actions.

Tip #4: Avoid Toxic Chemicals

After Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring exposed the dangers of pesticides, John F. Kennedy ordered the President's Science Advisory Committee to investigate the author's claims. Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, and DDT was banned in 1972. Protect your health by keeping toxic chemicals out of your garden and home. You can support the EPA's work by telling lawmakers that you want legal protections against harmful pollutants.

Tell us: What are your tips for gardening without pesticides?

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