Chemical warfare

Anyone in doubt about the danger of chemicals in our gardens and on our farms would be well advised to read ‘Creative Sustainable Gardening’ by Diana Anthony.

I was on my way to bed and decided to have the shortest of flicks through one of my latest stash of borrowed books. I was immediately engrossed.

I realise I am probably about to preach to the converted. However, if just one person reads this and puts the ‘Roundup’ (or some such equivalent) back on the shelf, it will be worth my staying up to put the message out there.

While Anthony hedges quite a lot – we don’t know beyond all reasonable doubt – she describes all the chemicals listed on pages 20-23 of her book as ‘highly toxic’. Remember also that these chemicals may be sprayed at height and/or be blown from the target crop onto animals and human populations. They might persist in the soil for months (e.g. ‘Alachlor’) and be inadvertently ingested by pets, for example, playing on a lawn soon after the herbicide goes down.

That’s certainly another reason not to have a lawn (cf my About page). And would you really want to eat onions or potatoes sprayed with ‘Paraquat’ to kill the tops of the plants in order to facilitate harvesting?

I forgot to buy potatoes from the organic farm on Friday and it is now closed for the duration. And guess what? I am not tempted to get my groceries elsewhere in the interim😉.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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4 Responses to Chemical warfare

  1. Isn’t it a shame that people don’t get it? Another reason why I love being organic 🙂

    • Helen says:

      Maybe they really don’t know or think the dangers are exaggerated etc?! But yes, this kind of information makes non-organic food less and less appetising :-s

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