I don’t get it. Why do Americans believe a weed-free lawn is more important than safe drinking water?
I ask that question after reading The New York Times story about weed-killer atrazine contaminating America’s waters. While the “news” is that atrazine may be more dangerous at low levels than previously thought, the European Union had the sense to ban the chemical in 2004, according to Wikipedia.
Atrazine levels also tend to spike during certain parts of the year in some towns, reveals the Times. Even though required by law, town residents are not always warned when this happens. In some towns, the water testing is done by atrazine’s manufacturer.
How can Americans tolerate even the smallest amount of this toxin in our water when experts have long been aware that atrazine causes endocrine problems, may be a carcinogen and has reportedly resulted in lower sperm counts in humans, according to Wikipedia?
What is America’s obsession with a weed-free world anyway? I mean, nature is nature. Things grow where water falls. Why do lawns need to look like a flawless area rug anyway?