Lawn People

In Lawn People, Paul Robbins analyzes dominant urban ecology: the common neighborhood lawn. His perspective is that of a political ecologist, combining natural science with economics as well as sociological considerations. I enjoyed his writing style of including more detailed tidbits on a subject, such as the chemical names of fertilizers, when warranted. Since the late ’80’s the use of lawn chemicals has increased dramatically, causing harm to the water table that is difficult to curtail or control, due to its delocalized nature. In the introduction, Robbins makes an interesting reference to a survey that showed the people who use lawn chemicals are more likely to believe that they are in fact harmful, an interesting paradox.

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