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Letting Go of Pesticides
The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) came out with an article last week on five pesticides that the United States refuses to let go of, despite the fact that scientific research has deemed them to be toxic to humans, and lethal to beneficial insects, such as bees. Other nations around the world have banned such toxins.
I love gardening, and I will admit that I have used toxic pesticides to get rid of snails and other pests that munched away at my prized dahlias and climbing roses. But that was some years ago, and now, in view of the devastation facing bee colonies, and other eco-damage brought on by gardeners and farmers insisting on pest-free crops, I have taken a more eco-friendly position.
Here is a link to a report from Colorado State University, “Alternative Pesticide Management for the Lawn and Garden” which gives a variety of ways to produce a lush garden without the use of toxic chemicals.
Here's a little more about CIR, in case you haven't come across their excellent journalism:
The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation’s first independent, multi-platform investigative reporting organization. Devoted to holding powerful interests accountable to the public trust, CIR creatively employs cutting-edge technology and innovative storytelling to reveal injustice, spark change at all levels of society and influence public dialogue on critical issues. CIR produces high-impact reporting across print, video, TV, radio and online platforms and is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, winner of a 2013 Emmy Award and a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012 (for local reporting) and 2013 (for public service).