Gardening on the Planet

Golf course chooses toxic pesticide over the environment, neighbors, etc.

Chevy chase
Deciding to use a long-banned pesticide, despite its proven harm to the environment and the ire of neighbors?  So stupid, but it's only thanks to one insider that there's a chance to convince the golf course not to do it.

Here's an editorial in the Washington Post about the club's plan to pump methyl bromide into the soil.

Reading the club's "About Us" on their website, I feel a bad case of reverse snobbery coming on.  Here's a taste:

Members embrace a shared tradition of congeniality, high standards of personal conduct and continuity of family association. The celebration of family, a tradition of civility and a commitment to excellent facilities and services will always be the hallmarks of the Chevy Chase Club.

At least they don't hypocritically claim to care about being good stewards of the land.  Or being inclusive, for that matter.  (Lord no – this club has been accused of racism repeatedly.)

Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 11:51 am, in the category Gardening on the Planet.
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7 responses to “Golf course chooses toxic pesticide over the environment, neighbors, etc.”

  1. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the heads-up about stockpiled methyl bromide. Now I’ll just fire off an email to our local golf club to see if they have similar plans…….

  2. Do the members know about it? Get a hold of some of the women who golf there!

  3. Looopy says:

    Celebration of family? How about a celebration of carcinogens in the water table? Whoever made this decision should be incarcerated.

  4. I am so very tired of hearing golf courses tout their supposed “greenness,” and how they qualify as open space. Until they are free of toxic chemicals, they are nothing more than artificial and environmentally compromised playgrounds.

  5. cellbioprof says:

    “High standards of personal conduct”, indeed.

  6. Check out to see what golf courses are doing to be more sustainable land/resource users and actually create an ecological surplus.