It’s that time of year again, the time of planting, watering, and waiting. Out in the country, farmers are beginning to labor hard for a most satisfying harvest after this growing season, while American suburbia sows grass seed and chemicals to compete with golf courses for best green.
According to Environmental and Human Health, Inc.(EHHI), Americans drop an estimated 80 million pounds of pesticides on their lawns every year. This is wreaking havoc on our health and the environment. In addition to emitting tons of emissions into the atmosphere, our drinking water is being polluted by herbicides and pesticides. We tend to think farmers are the only culprits of the pesticide fight, but a stroll through a middle to upper class neighborhood proves otherwise.
Toxins in our environment are a leading cause of cancer in our nation. What we feed our lawns, is what we will end up consuming through water sources and contact. Some lawn fertilizers contain Agent Orange, the deadly chemical that was disastrously used during the Vietnam War.
Lawn pesticides are linked to brain cancer, non-hodgkins Lymphoma. EHHI also states:
The risks of long-term health effects, such as cancer and neurotoxicity, are not reported on product labels.
Only summaries of acute toxicity are required on labels. Pesticide labels do not provide the consumer with sufficient warning and instruction regarding the toxicity of contents, pesticide potential to contaminate water supplies, effects on fish and wildlife, and proper handling and disposal.
So tell me, would you eat your lawn? Are you confident your means of fertilization are safe for the environment – our drinking water, our soil – and your children, or your pets?
There are always alternatives to commercial poisons.
Google ways to use vinegar and baking soda for your gardens and lawns, as well as organic compost, made in your back yard.
It’s time we feel safe stepping on our grass because – inevitably – we will consume it.