Malcolm Renfrew: The Non-Stick Man

You may not know what polytetrafluoroethylene resin is, but it’s why the scrambled eggs you make for breakfast slide cleanly out of the frying pan. You know it as Teflon, a miraculous material that remains slick and smooth and resists reacting with heat, electricity, acids and solvents. Teflon is used to coat consumer products ranging from tennis rackets to windshield wiper blades. It toughens aircraft hoses and the space suits worn by astronauts. It’s even protects the cast-iron fence around President Harry …

What price are we paying for perfect lawns?

 Here’s another frightening example of the lack of prudent examination BEFORE new chemicals are put on the market.  Introduced in 2010 as an eco-friendly weed killer for lawns, this one is responsible for killing or damaging hundreds of thousands of trees. “Weeks after homeowners and lawn care professionals began applying the new product on lawns, golf courses and cemeteries around the country in the spring last year, many trees on those properties, primarily conifers, started turning brown and dying. By August, DuPont had …