Do You Know...
Just what are pesticides, anyway?
They Include:Herbicides, used to kill plant material (i.e. weeds, as well as your "good" plants). Some common pesticides are 2,4-D, Atrazine, Glyphosate.
Insecticides, used to kill insect pests (again, they kill good and bad bugs). Some examples are Diazinon and Dursban.
Fungicides, which kill diseases of the plant (i.e., molds, rot, fungus).
Most important, while pesticides kill the pests, they do not solve the underlying problem. The best way to keep pests, disease and weeds under control is to have a healthy lawn. Finally, learn to tolerate a few pests in the lawn. A weed-free, pest-free lawn is neither feasible nor desirable.
Weeds in your Garden
It's fairly easy to keep your garden beds weed-free, but it requires some elbow grease on your part.
Still not convinced? Consider this:
Of the 34 pesticides commonly used on lawns, only 2 were tested for long-term effects on humans and the environment and 12 are suspected human carcinogens. (EPA, 1993)
The National Cancer Institute said that children are at up to six times greater risk of leukemia or brain cancer after exposure to pesticides. (NCI, 1997)
The EPA canceled the use of Diazinon on golf courses due to its toxicity to waterfowl, yet it is still one of the most widely-used pesticides on residential lawns. (EPA, GAO)
Some pesticides are quite stable in the environment and their toxicity can persist for decades. They also can accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals and are passed into the food chain.
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