Pesticides

Is a “weed” free lawn more important than your health?

If you use conventional fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers on your lawn and in your garden you may want to think twice. These chemicals seep into ground water and also can become airborn in the wind, blowing from yard to yard. They can have a dangerous impact on our health and our environment.

What are pesticides?

Insecticides (bug killers), herbicides (weed killers), and fungicides (fungus killers) are all pesticides; so are rodenticides and antimicrobials. Pesticides come in spray cans and crop dusters, in household cleaners and even hand soaps.

Why should you be concerned?

Pesticides can cause many health concerns, including…

Cancer

nervous
system
damage

Endocrine
system
disruption

Developmental impairment in children

What can YOU do?

Have in impact on your own corner of the world! Try implementing one or all of these simple ideas. You will not only be protecting you family’s and your neighbor’s health, but you will also be protecting our environment.

Make your own weed killer…

Use this recipe to safely kill unwanted weeds. But also, understand the value that those weeds might bring. For example, did you know that dandelions improve soil, provide food for pollinators and are edible?

Plant a clover lawn…

Not only is a clover lawn beautiful, it offers environmental benefits, requires less maintenance and supports pollinators. Clover is a deep-rooted nitrogen fixer, adding critical nitrogen back into the soil.

Use organic fertilizers…

Organic fertilizers are renewable, biodegradable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. They improve the structure of the soil and increase its ability to hold water and nutrients. Over time, organic fertilizers will make your soil and plants healthy and strong.

EWG’s Dirty Dozen 
and Clean Fifteen

Each year, the Environmental Working Group publishes a list of the top 12 produce items that are most heavily treated with pesticides and the fifteen that are safe to purchase conventionally if organic is not available. Download the list and carry it with you when you shop.

Helpful Websites

Beyondpesticides.org is an amazing resource for organic solutions.

Another great resource for learning about how we are impacted by pesticides