Week 8: Enviro and Society Pt.2- SP

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Nobody likes reading a text book- let’s face it. But, surprisingly, the second half of this book wasn’t as bad as I thought It would be. I really enjoyed the chapters Lawn People and French Fries. In Lawn People, he discusses how even though people who use chemicals to fertilize their lawns are statistically more environmentally oriented, continue to use chemicals, as compared to people who aren’t as environmentally conscience and don’t use chemicals on their lawn. I also agree with our discussion during last week about how people will do anything to make their all American lawn as pristine as possible. People that I know go all out- its like war of the lawns, and I think its absurd. I remember when I went to my cousins house when I was younger and we weren’t allowed to play on the grass because of the chemicals. Does this sound odd to anyone? It’s all for display. It’s like looking at the plastic grapes and fruits through the glass just to make the table look good, but there is no real purpose for them. I found an article called “Turf Wars: The Battle of the American Lawn” and people take it on as their full time hobby to maintain their lawn. Droughts and water cuts are no problem for some people because they have a “secret weapon.” They actually dye their lawns green wherever any brown patches pop up! Are you nuts? If I were a foreigner I would laugh. Honestly, Americans are known for McDonalds and their lawns. Ha! From this article, lawn lovers claim that native plant movements are just a fad that will soon pass, and that the environmental statistics are exaggerated. They are just trying o make themselves feel better. Have they looked around lately? And I mean, really looked around at nature that isn’t their front lawn? Maybe that’s the closest they can ever get to nature. French fries are another great example (as well as chapter) of mono-culture and how we have revolved around having few targeted foods. That is a problem. What happens when our main foods get diseases? We need to spread out our food sources in numbers and it locations to minimize this. The bottom line is that at any point of view, we can dissect the environmental situation. It is the economical, social, ecological, political etc aspects that all contribute to the whole of environmental issues. It is the daily individual tasks that led us to where we are now environmentally.

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