I was interested to read the most recent City Pages feature article on Ash removal in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Has your house or block been impacted yet? It's a very difficult issue, that's for sure. The author painted a nice picture of a two-sided argument: preemptive removal versus pesticide treatment. Chainsaws versus chemicals. Full [...]
We live in an age of chemical dependency. We use chemistry to grow our foods, to maintain our lawns and homes, and to control our health. This dependence has developed over the course of the industrial revolution gaining incredible steam after World War 2. Post-war factories used to build weapons were converted into fertilizer production plants and left over munitions were sold to farmers for field applications. Since then, large scale industrial farmers as well as urban homeowners have come to rely on superficially cheap chemicals to maintain the appearance of healthy land. We know now that these chemicals are not cheap. They cost many billions of lives from the tiniest soil microbes to the buzzing bees all the way to our children, our loved ones, and ourselves.