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“Environmental activist Lewis, a medical doctor who notes that she grew up in the era of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) and the Love Canal ecodisaster, presents a compelling case for not using toxic chemicals in and around homes. She wants Americans to go to the website thegreathealthyyardproject.com to pledge to stop using toxic substances, and she spells out why they should be avoided and suggests how to do without them. She advocates for using native plants, dissolving grease buildup on frying pans with vegetable oil, and abstaining from flushing unused prescription pills down the toilet. It’s a slim volume, just four chapters, but it’s well researched, with 119 footnotes. And it’s easy on the eyes, with many photos and with sidebars. Lewis is a good environmental cheerleader, declaring, 'Together, we can make a big difference!'”
“Now that we have come to understand the health advantages of pesticide-free organic food, the next step is our drinking water. The Great Healthy Yard Project explains the importance of getting chemicals out of our water, and makes it easy to accomplish.”
—Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky MD, Chair New York State Council of Parks
“As a father of two young kids, I appreciate Lewis’s spot-on recommendations to protect our lands and waters for future generations.”
—Troy Weldy, Senior Conservation Manager,The Nature Conservancy of New York
“Lewis brings us findings on the links between lawn and garden chemicals and childhood diseases such as autism, ADHD, diabetes, and obesity. Who wouldn’t trade a green lawn to protect their children’s health?”
—Jayni and Chevy Chase
Diane Lewis, MD, is a nephrologist and consultant in environmental health. A one-time organic farmer in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks, Diane has served on the board of Bedford Audubon Society. She currently chairs the Water and Land use Task Force for the nonprofit organization Bedford 2020. She is a member of the Rachel Carson Awards Council for Audubon Women in Conservation, a member of the Mid Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan Water Management Working Group, and the Bedford Garden Club, the Town of Bedford Planning Board, and Town of Bedford Open Space Acquisition Committee. She is also a freelance reporter writing primarily on matters relating to health and the environment and is a frequent contributor to the Bedford Record Review.
Extremely educational book about our drinking water. A must read for every citizen.Published 10 months ago by Michael R. Adelman
The word "Project" in the title led me to believe this is a guide for growing and maintaining an organic lawn. But the book is more of a manifesto than a practical resource. Read morePublished 15 months ago by D. Martin