026 GGW – A Chemical Reaction; An Interview with Exective Producer, Paul Tukey

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This show is an interview with Paul Tukey. You might know Paul as the founder of SafeLawns.org or as host of People, Places and Plants on HGTV, or perhaps, author of The Organic Lawncare manual. Today he’s back to fill us in on his biggest and most exciting project yet. It’s a documentary movie, called A Chemical Reaction and Paul’s the Executive Producer. It’s an amazing, true story of how one woman’s persistence, finally set the wheels in motion sweeping Canada for a chemical free ban on ornamental pesticides. Will it have an affect in the U.S? Well stay tuned to find out.

Show Notes – GGW 026 – A Chemical Reaction; An Interview with Executive Producer, Paul Tukey

A Chemical Reaction, cover for the  movieThis week Joe Lamp’l interviews Paul Tukey, Executive Producer of his new documentary, A Chemical Reaction. It’s the story of one woman’s efforts to bring awareness to her tiny Canadian town of Hudson, the link she was finding to certain medical conditions and pesticides. This led to this town in Canada’s crusade to ban lawn and garden chemicals that is now sweeping through the country Paul has recently wrapped up completion of this major film and in this episode we talk about the movie, how it came about, how it’s going now, and what’s ahead as a result of this film.

Paul is also the HGTV host of People, Places & Plants, American Horticulture Society’s 2006 Communicator of the Year, Founder of Safelawns.org and author of the Organic Lawn Care Manual. And that only scratches the surface. He put an organic lawn on the Great Mall in Washington, D.C

Additional Information

Paul TukeyPaul J. Tukey, www.PaulTukey.com

HGTV Co-Host & Executive Producer   Publisher, People, Places & Plants magazine

Named 2006 COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR by the American Horticultural Society

Author, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, Storey Publishing

National Spokesperson, www.safelawns.org

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Joe Lamp'l is the Host and Executive Producer of the award winning PBS television series Growing A Greener World. Off camera, Joe dedicates his time to promoting sustainability through his popular books, Compost Confidential blog, podcast series, and nationally syndicated newspaper columns. Follow Joe on Twitter

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  1. Patty Cannon says

    I watched a movie that aired on Feb. 3rd 2014 on COZI TV (san diego)
    about a woman ( I don’t know the actors) who’s life is turned upside down because of her “Chemical Reaction” to pollution and fumes all around her.
    It aired @ 2am last night. It said PBS at the end. It was eerie & disturbing but very realistic. Thank you so much
    Patty Cannon

    • says

      Thanks Patty. We’d love to take credit for that one but I think you’re talking about the documentary by our friend Paul Tukey, of http://www.safelawns.org. A few years ago he did a film called “A Chemical Reaction” which was a story that took place in Canada. It was a great documentary and his courage to take on the big boys while revealing what they don’t want you to know is so admirable.

  2. Kim B. says

    Just listened to interview with Paul Tukey. VERY interesting. Can’t wait to see the documentary.
    Thanks for all of your efforts.

    • Joe says

      Thanks Kim. I agree. The story is very interesting and the documentary is a story of encouragement that one person can make a difference (especially with some patience and persistance).

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