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Letter: Questioning wisdom of herbicides, pesticides

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From: Michael Greven


It is that time of year again. You walk into Lowe’s, Menards or Home Depot, and you are offered a barrage of chemicals to make your lawn green, free from bugs, bees, ants and free from any living thing other than a very specific kind of grass. Boring! The way to succeed at this is to hit your lawn with a plethora of toxins, many of which can wind up on and in you, your children and your pets. What is wrong with a spot of yellow or perhaps lavender, red or violet in your lawn? Is clover bereft of beauty? I always thought the four-leaf clover was good luck and lots of fun to look for while sitting in the yard. The occasional bee buzzing by on the way to a hive or the next flower is a wonder, and if that is not enough, lightning bugs make the end of the day a spectacle in itself.

As you stand in front of that array of chemicals promoted very effectively by their manufacturers at our local home improvement stores, I would offer two short articles that offer very different information than the truth slayers at Monsanto, Bayer et al.

That so-called perfect lawn is far from perfect and actually quite dangerous.

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