Dichlorophenoxacetic acid, also know as 2, 4-D is a constituent of Agent Orange, used during the war to destroy the enemies rice crops and now used as safe, widely in the lawn care industry. It can kill dandelions and broad-leaved plants and defoliate jungles without killing grass. Health hazard at first, eye irritation, vomiting, stiffness in the arms and legs, dizziness, so they diluted it, it would be harmless.
2, 4-D is a carcinogen linked to Hodgkin’s lymphoma, although the EPA says “there is not enough evidence,” that famous catch phrase for, “we know but we just are not telling because of the damage it would do to big industry. 53 million pounds a year are used worldwide, more than $300 million in sales. Add the chemical spills by the companies and people using it on their lawns and it looks like a gas spill of about 17 millon gallons a year.
All of those trucks miiling through our neighborhoods, pitching sales of their “exterior decorating” that will increase the price of your home. Watersheds damage is due largely to nitrogen runoff from fertilizers and herbicides, causing algae blossoms to bllom and quickly suck the oxygen from a lake or bay and take away the clean water resources for human beings and wildlife alike, not to mention soil fertility.
Chronic skin rashes, deteriorating eye sight, a threefold increase in lung cancer for lawn spraying employees, a higher rate of birth defects for their children from fathers that have been wading in the chemicals for decades, coated in this chemical from the knees down, their children diagnosed with ADHD the worst cases ever. Stores with broken bags of poison laying in the aisles, expose their customers to death.
ChemLawn started offering financial support for youth soccer programs if their parents signed up for lawn care service. It is sick and you are putting your kids at risk for tumors and reproductive damage, 7 generations down the line.
The first city in North America, Hudson a Canadian city has said ‘No” to chemical lawn care, and 50 more have followed the ban to spray on school yards and hospital lawns. A movie, A Chemical Reaction, was made on the very topic. A few American towns have followed-Camden, Main, Hebron, Connecticut; Marblehead, Massachusetts have banned spraying on public grounds.
If neighborhood councils can ban homes from hanging up laundry lines, you also have the power to ban chemical lawn service in your own neighborhood. Who wants to say no to a big company like Monsanto, plenty are.
The Organic Lawn Manual
Atlanta homes are using Earth Balance in an effort to reduce the chemicals in the lawns their children are playing in and yard sales and backyard barbeques in, and to add to soil fertility.