Is it possible traditional lawn care chemicals are safer?
There is no doubt that ever since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring we have had the crap scared out of us about the dangers of lawn care pesticide and chemicals. No doubt most of us are more careful about the lawn care chemicals around us and the ones that we personally use.
It does, however, still boggle my mind the number of people that continue to use highly unscrupulous and profit-at-any cost companies, under the the thinking that these companies are “policed” by some government agency in their usage of these chemicals and are therefore safe for you and the environment….yeah, not so much. But the opposite lawn care choice may have its problems as well.
Organic Lawn Care Doesn’t Always Mean “Safer”
The same issues arise on the “organic” side of lawn care. Too much of any material can be a bad thing. In this article, John Ferry notes that “ ”natural” ways of controlling [them] aren’t necessarily healthy, effective . . . or legal.” This is the other side of the coin that also doesn’t get much attention. Many times lawn care products are labeled “organic based”, and the reality of this label is that most of these are “not so safe lawn care products“.
The deceptive “spin” tactic by the big lawn care chemical companies is known as “greenwashing“.
The biggest problem is that we aren’t really sure of the long term effects of many of the chemicals on humans, pets, animals, and the environment at large. There has simply been too little testing done, or the testing has been proprietary property of the chemical producing company. They are under no obligation (legally) to share their findings. This where the real problem lives, does a corporation have a moral responsibility to the public or only to their profit?
The question is: Who should you trust for lawn care chemical information?
A profit driven company or someone who sees the results of our environment on people every day? I must admit that I don’t think that profit is evil, it is the representation of providing someone else something they value, nothing more. But I do believe there are people, many of them doctors, who see the effects of these environmental carcinogens everyday. There is an interesting documentary film regarding one of these people that is out that gives us some great points about this problem. Check out the trailer for it: