Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Overusing Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fertilizers in Our Yards

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The New York Times published an interesting editorial over the weekend on the overuse of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers in our backyards.  Many of us use 10 times the amount used by farmers and far more than is needed.  We tend to overdo applications of these chemicals to make sure that we kill the bug, cut back the unwanted plant, or feed our tomatoes.

As a result of this overuse, we pollute our environment. Specifically, our heavy yard applications of chemicals can lead to groundwater, surface water, and soil pollution.  The impacts are already seen.  A study dating back to 1999 showed that even back then pesticides were found in the bodies of nearly every fish sampled.

The best thing we can do is try to use natural pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides.  We also need to get over the very 1950's desire for a green and perfect lawn.

This blog doesn't nag that much on environmental issues, but this is one of those topics that deserves a little reminding every once in a while.

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