There are numerous organizations and individuals dedicated to rebuilding native plant communities one sterile lawn and farm field at a time. Dr. Tallamy, a longtime evangelizer for native plants, and the author of one of the movement’s manuals, “Bringing Nature Home,” says it’s a cause everyone with a garden or yard can serve. And he says support for it needs to develop quickly to slow down the worsening crisis in biodiversity.
Lawn grass is Americas largest crop. A figure that I heard is that 1 TRILLION pounds of chemicals are used on American lawns.
By having less lawn grass and more native plants we can do something to stem the tide of extinction for monarch butterflies and honeybees or at least make us feel like we are, doing something.
You know those little signs put there to remind you to keep small animals and children off the grass the lawn company applied chemicals to? Well, nerve gas isn't good for children and small animals.
As any farmer can tell you, after some time using agricultural herbicides and insecticides you need to use more to get the same effect. And after a long time using herbicides and insecticides they don't work at all.
The weeds that Monsanto's Roundup is supposed to eliminate have grown tolerant to Roundup. So Monsanto and Dow Chemical have put their poisons together to make a new more potent herbicide.
Do you remember Dioxin, in the Love Canal and Agent Orange in Vietnam?
Sometime in 2014 that bag of chips you're eating might contain Agent Orange and, or dioxin:
Dow's new seeds are resistant to "Enlist". "Enlist contains 2,4 D.
2,4-D brings us back to Rachel Carson and “Silent Spring”:
The 2,4-D in Dow AgroSciences, Enlist Bioengineered Corn was originally developed for chemical warfare during World War II:
"2,4-D was co-discovered independently in both the US and the UK in 1941. The two teams involved were "Templeman and Colleagues at ICI" (USA) and "Nutman and Collaborators at Rothamsted Experimental Station" (UK). In both cases the researchers were part of a clandestine wartime effort by their governments, to create chemical warfare agents for use in WWII. For further reading, see section 7.1 of "Herbicides and Plant Physiology By Andrew H. Cobb, John P. H. Reade"