At Least Weeds Won’t
Grow in Drinking Water

Atrazine use 2007 08.26.09 I don’t get it. Why do Americans believe a weed-free lawn is more important than safe drinking water?

I ask that question after reading The New York Times story about weed-killer atrazine contaminating America’s waters. While the “news” is that atrazine may be more dangerous at low levels than previously thought, the European Union had the sense to ban the chemical in 2004, according to Wikipedia.

Atrazine levels also tend to spike during certain parts of the year in some towns, reveals the Times. Even though required by law, town residents are not always warned when this happens. In some towns, the water testing is done by atrazine’s manufacturer.

How can Americans tolerate even the smallest amount of this toxin in our water when experts have long been aware that atrazine causes endocrine problems, may be a carcinogen and has reportedly resulted in lower sperm counts in humans, according to Wikipedia?

What is America’s obsession with a weed-free world anyway? I mean, nature is nature. Things grow where water falls. Why do lawns need to look like a flawless area rug anyway?

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4 thoughts on “At Least Weeds Won’t
Grow in Drinking Water

  1. Rayne of Terror

    I left a comment at Raising WEG about the Cybils.
    I know why Illinois is so solid colored, we are one of the few families on our block who doesn’t have a lawn service spray for weeds. Just yesterday the was a tanker truck slowly moving up the street at a man sprayed almost every lawn on the block. You know what we do have in our lawn? Wild strawberries and clover and loads of wildflowers. And what else? We are the end of a bee highway with a hive south of us. You can stand in our yard and SEE the bee highway coming and going from our garden and two large native flower patches.

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  2. Jrapp

    If you could see my lawn right now you would know I stand on the side of weeds!
    Honestly I don’t understand all the energy, fuel and chemicals that go into a lawn obsession. Just don’t get it. Maybe I should live out in the woods.

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At Least Weeds Won’t
Grow in Drinking Water

Atrazine use 2007 08.26.09 I don’t get it. Why do Americans believe a weed-free lawn is more important than safe drinking water?

I ask that question after reading The New York Times story about weed-killer atrazine contaminating America’s waters. While the “news” is that atrazine may be more dangerous at low levels than previously thought, the European Union had the sense to ban the chemical in 2004, according to Wikipedia.

Atrazine levels also tend to spike during certain parts of the year in some towns, reveals the Times. Even though required by law, town residents are not always warned when this happens. In some towns, the water testing is done by atrazine’s manufacturer.

How can Americans tolerate even the smallest amount of this toxin in our water when experts have long been aware that atrazine causes endocrine problems, may be a carcinogen and has reportedly resulted in lower sperm counts in humans, according to Wikipedia?

What is America’s obsession with a weed-free world anyway? I mean, nature is nature. Things grow where water falls. Why do lawns need to look like a flawless area rug anyway?

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4 thoughts on “At Least Weeds Won’t
Grow in Drinking Water

  1. Rayne of Terror

    I left a comment at Raising WEG about the Cybils.
    I know why Illinois is so solid colored, we are one of the few families on our block who doesn’t have a lawn service spray for weeds. Just yesterday the was a tanker truck slowly moving up the street at a man sprayed almost every lawn on the block. You know what we do have in our lawn? Wild strawberries and clover and loads of wildflowers. And what else? We are the end of a bee highway with a hive south of us. You can stand in our yard and SEE the bee highway coming and going from our garden and two large native flower patches.

    Reply
  2. Jrapp

    If you could see my lawn right now you would know I stand on the side of weeds!
    Honestly I don’t understand all the energy, fuel and chemicals that go into a lawn obsession. Just don’t get it. Maybe I should live out in the woods.

    Reply

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