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Film Screening: A Chemical Reaction

May 7, 2014

by: Emily Sydnor
By Lynda Fanning

The UVa Food Collaborative’s final film screening of the year was April 24, and we showed A Chemical Reaction, directed by Paul Tukey. The film focuses primarily on the chemical pesticides and herbicides Americans lavish on their lawns, but points out that the same compounds are also used on food crops and gardens.

Beyond corporate control of government policy, the film is also about the power of one persistent advocate who speaks out and ultimately changes community policies in Canada.
The film covers the effects of these products on children, pets, adults, and neighbors (as “second-hand pesticides”), not to mention soil and waterways, all in the interest of a weed-free lawn or garden.

Enjoy an interview with the director by following this link:
http://www.prx.org/pieces/94386-food-sleuth-radio-paul-tukey-interview

 

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