What’s wrong with lawn chemicals?
There are stories from all around country about the consequences of using lawn chemicals. Nearly 50 school children in Ohio recently developed symptoms of poisoning after herbicides were sprayed near their school. A professional skaters health was destroyed after exposure to pesticide is sprayed on a neighbors lawn, and her dog even died the same day. And even a noted soil scientist warns the US secretary of agriculture that the popular dandelion spray Roundup may cause serious health issues.
Science confirms what these anecdotes are telling us. Study after study links the use of pesticides and herbicides to a wide array of cancers, nervous system disorders, and a number of illnesses. The National Coalition for Pesticide Free Lawns reports that out of thirty commonly used lawn pesticides, nineteen are linked with cancer, 13 are linked with birth defects, twenty one are linked to reproductive effects, six with liver or kidney damage, fifteen with neurotoxicity, and eleven with disruption of the endocrine or hormonal systems.
These dangers are particularity acute for children and our pets, add to that the overwhelming scientific evidence of the damage synthetic fertilizers do to the environment, and we must ask, why do we continue to dump these products, some 50 thousand tons per year on our yards? This seems intolerable when considering that much safer alternatives exist to keep our lawns green and healthy.
Safe lawn care products and practice may be more effective than the use of these synthetic chemicals care products. Organic lawn care also has a large positive impact on our environment as a whole, and is becoming increasing attractive when seeing the devastation chemical cause.
So what does a pet owner need to know? Whether you care for your lawn yourself, or use a professional lawn care company, there are some basic things you need to do. Keeping your pet exercised, keep them free as much as possible of harmful toxic chemicals, and feeding them a healthy diet. But to be sure, your pet will sniff, lick and absorb chemicals if they’re playing on a chemically treated lawn.