"The lawn is a symbol of everything that's wrong with our relationship to the land," Pollan declares in today's NY Times. Per acre, our lawns receive FOUR times as much chemical pesticide as any American farmland.
Pollan goes on to call for the total removal of the White House lawn and its replacement with a meadow, more veg gardens, or – his preferred alternative – an orchard underplanted with meadow.
So readers, what do you think? Is America ready for something that radical? Or how about another alternative – getting that lawn off drugs? The National Arboretum folks simply stopped putting anything on their lawn and it still looks good enough – and has reduced their lawn care expenses by 90 percent.
By the way, if you haven't read Second Nature, Pollan's eye-opening book about gardening, DO. Its chapter about lawns is unforgettable. Ted Steinberg's whole book on the subject, American Green, is also terrific.Posted by Susan Harris on March 22, 2009 at 4:45 am, in the category Uncategorized.