I think it’s fair to say that Americans have an unhealthy obsession with their lawns. Between the herbicides and insecticides applied by commercial lawn care fleets and those bought and applied by homeowners themselves, Americans dump at least 80 million pounds of pesticides on their yards each year, much more per acre than agriculture. By this time of year, the little yellow stakes warning of a pesticide application pop up in many a public and residential lot, and the plastic-y scent of fresh chemicals can often by detected, wafting through the neighborhood.
The biologist and activist Sandra Steingraber writes a lot about “toxic trespass,” the notion that human beings are, on a daily basis, exposed to a slew of toxic chemicals, byproducts of industries near and far that contaminate our environment and enter our bodies without our consent. But in the case of lawn pesticides, we have no outside entity to blame; we are poisoning ourselves — and our children, our neighbors, our pets, our water and our birds….CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE