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DuPont, the EPA, and golfers apparently have tree blood on their hands

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 2:21 am by R.J. Ruppenthal

DuPont's new "environmentally friendly" herbicide called Imprelis is the likely culprit behind a whole bunch of sudden tree deaths and injuries on golf courses around the country. The U.S. Composting Council came out against Imprelis earlier this year, warning that grass clippings treated with this chemical should not be composted. Now it seems to have killed off and sickened a huge number of Eastern White Pine, Norway Spruce, and other trees. I love what this is going to do to our waterways, drinking water supplies, and animal and soil health as well, though Imprelis is supposed to be less toxic than other chemicals (though this story shows just how much they didn't know about it). Nice going DuPont, nice going United States E.P.A. for approving this, and nice going to all you who support golf courses around the country, some of the largest consumers of herbicides and generators of crystal clear runoff for our streams, lakes, rivers, oceans, and aquifers. Why exactly do people need to have acres of manicured lawns to play an overpriced and addictive game? Start a garden instead, grow some of your own food while you enjoy the greenery, save some money, and help slow down the planet's destruction while you're at it. Welcome to a highly rewarding, productive, and (yes) addictive pursuit…

Link to news story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43763096/ns/us_news-the_new_york_times/

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