Is Talk about Dangerous Lawn Care Chemicals Fear-Mongering or Straight-Shooting?

David Suzuki has done a special on it. Filmmaker Andrew Nisker has made a film about it. We’ve even talked about it at length here on our blog.

Fertilizers, pesticides, and weed killers that are applied to lawns and golf courses are bad. They’re bad for us, they’re bad for our planet, and they’re bad for our lawns.

Yet, people aren’t listening. They still don’t understand that these toxins that are applied to our golf courses and our lawns are literally killing us. They don’t understand that cancer rates are rising at exponential rates, and that those chemicals that are meant to kill common pests and weeds are also killing us.

They call it fear-mongering. They point to the millions of people who play on golf courses every day and are still surviving. They ask, if these chemicals are so unsafe, why are animals such as foxes and deer that roam about golf courses not dying of cancer? They point to the fact that, on golf courses especially, these pesticides and weed killers haven’t been banned and so, they must be safe to use.

But they’re missing the point.

The point is that these chemicals are highly unsafe, but that the danger can’t be seen until it’s too late.

Do we tell smokers to continue on with their habit because today they look perfectly healthy? Of course not. Everyone knows the dangers of smoking and so, it’s acceptable to say that they cause cancer. Do we tell people to continually eat processed foods and diets that are high in red meat? No, because these too, have been generally accepted as causing cancer.

When we talk about these known carcinogens, no one calls it fear-mongering or rubbish. We are all educated enough by now to realize that these statements are in fact true. So why are people still so hesitant to accept the same thing is happening on our golf courses? Perhaps it’s because we don’t see the golfers and animals that enjoy our golf courses getting sick as soon as they walk out onto the course.

But it’s important to remember that we may not see that smoker get sick, either. Just as we don’t see the animals pass away once they’ve left the course and quietly gone off into the woods.

The fact is these toxins kill slowly and over time. They’re not bombs that will kill us as soon as we touch them. They’re gradual killers, just like those cigarettes and those processed meats.

Just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

So who’s really living in fear? The ones that are trying to get the truth out there and help people live a better and healthier life? Or the ones that are content to stick their heads in the sand and pretend the problem doesn’t exist?

We don’t say these things in order to strike fear in the hearts of people. We just want to bring you the straight facts. The real facts. And the fact is that our golf courses are killing us. And if we continue to apply those same toxins to our lawns at home, they’re going to kill us and our family, too.

We’re not fear-mongers, we’re straight-shooters that are simply bringing you the facts and hoping that people will start listening. And not just to us, but to David Suzuki, Andrew Nisker, and the many government organizations that support banning the use of these chemicals. Organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario College of Family Physicians, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, to name just a few.

These organizations have nothing to gain by spreading the truth. They don’t profit more when people stop using these harmful chemicals. In fact, with fewer sick people coming through their door, they actually profit less. But they care about public health, and so do we.

This has nothing to do with fear. It has everything to do with hope for our planet and the people within it.

If you’re ready to start changing our world and making a healthier and safer environment for you and your family, contact us at Stangl’s Enviro Lawn Care. We’ve got the real facts and the real solutions to help you do it.

Call 905-641-8133