Our private lawns are slowly becoming just as toxic as the fields of an industrial farming model. But citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland are proposing a bill that would end the use of harmful lawn pesticides like Roundup, and transition the county towards safer pesticide-free communities.
Scotts Miracle-Gro company and the United States Department of Agriculture have been moving toward putting GMO grass across the country for years. The makers would target golf courses and other turf-like arenas for the grass, though you may even soon find it on your neighbors lawn. In fact, the USDA approved the new GM, glyphosate-resistant grass without a single environmental review.
The toxic new GMO lawn grass being engineered by Scotts is made to withstand copious amounts of Monsanto’s vile RoundUp chemicals, which have recently been labeled ‘probably carcinogenic’ by the WHO. If that’s not something to sing the blues about, then I don’t know what is.
In order to make toxic lawns a thing of the past, Bill 52-14 will be up for consideration at a Public Committee Meeting for Healthy Lawns, and it needs as much public involvement as possible to make sure it passes. The county’s lawmakers need to see just how tire residents are of putting their families and their environment at risk with the best-selling products of companies who care more about their bottom line than human health.
After all, there are much safer ways to keep weeds from growing along pathways, in gardens, and throughout people’s lawns. According to a Roundup usage chart, your supposed to douse your lawn with carcinogenic chemicals regularly, but you can make a non-toxic weed killer quite easily, or you can use other weed-eradicating methods that do the job as well.
If you live in Maryland, you can support the passage of the bill by showing up to the meeting in person:
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 9:00AM-12PM
100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
Montgomery County Council Building-3rd Floor
Public parking in rear of building.
Regardless of where you live, you can submit comments in support here: http://bit.ly/safegrowaction2
Be sure to ask friends to support the bill too: http://bit.ly/TellAFriend1
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.