Toxins People Use in Yards And Gardens

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    May 13, 2014 12:33 AM GMT
    NYT: IN much of the country, it’s time to go outside, clean up the ravages of winter and start planting. Many of us will be using chemicals like glyphosate, carbaryl, malathion and 2,4-D. But they can end up in drinking water, and in some cases these compounds or their breakdown products are linked to an increased risk for cancer and hormonal disruption.

    Some of those chemicals are also used by farmworkers, and there is a growing recognition that they can be hazardous. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing regulations that will limit farmworkers’ exposure to dangerous pesticides and is accepting comments on these changes through June 17. These new rules are meant to reduce the incidence of diseases associated with pesticide exposure, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease and lung cancer.

    Homeowners who use these toxins on their yards and gardens are exposing themselves to the same risks. They aren’t necessary. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service says homeowners use up to 10 times more chemicals per acre than farmers do. Some of these chemicals rub off on children or pets, but most are washed with rainwater into our streams, lakes and rivers or are absorbed into our groundwater. These are the sources of our drinking water, and tests show these chemicals are indeed contaminating our water supply.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/opinion/sunday/the-toxic-brew-in-our-yards.html?hpw&rref=opinion
  • tazzari

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    May 13, 2014 12:35 AM GMT
    100% organic here, except whatever is in the water locally.
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    May 13, 2014 3:41 AM GMT
    A "growing recognition" "has experts worried."

    I use a fertilizer which is illegal in my state. The lawn is growing like a weed! Suck it, Brian Lehrer.
  • HottJoe

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    May 13, 2014 4:22 PM GMT
    Jack_NNJ saidA "growing recognition" "has experts worried."

    I use a fertilizer which is illegal in my state. The lawn is growing like a weed! Suck it, Brian Lehrer.

    Those toxic lawns only look good to old fashioned people. Most of us see them and think they look fake, like poisoned Astroturf. It's shameful to see people damaging the environment just to hang onto a bland aesthetic.

    I tend my yard, but I don't use any chemicals, and my yard is very green right now, from all the rain this spring, but it's diverse and natural. It's much more beautiful that way.
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    May 13, 2014 5:55 PM GMT
    farmers at least run thins like a business. Home owners are generally ignorant.