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#1 May 7, 2008
As you can see by my name I'm prejudiced but this is a great article. Very comprehensive and educational. The Audubon did a study saying that homeowners in 2000 put 136 million pounds of pesticides on their lawns & gardens and that was THREE times more than farmers used at that time. This needs to change (and I DON'T mean that farmer's should use more :)).
Never heard of miticides (learn something new every day whether you want to or not), was very sad to hear of the passing of Ed Langlieb (awesome gardener, sharing, kind, lovely man) and am curious and suspicious as to what exactly the heck is "Messenger". I'll have to do some research on that one. Thanks Newsday! You did a great public service for the homeowners of LI. I hope they take advantage and put it to use!
Saint Michael, MN
#2 May 8, 2008
I agree, homeowners use more pesticides and fertilizers than farmers do. Farmers are being blamed for nitrogen damaging the mississippi delta ... but I'll bet most of that nitrogen is washed off of suburban lawns. My wife's cousin lives by a small lake in the minneapolis mn area, a lake that gets no ag run-off, and the water is green and full of weeds by early summer.
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