29 Jun '11, 1pm

Chemical companies 'misleading' gardeners over toxic pesticides

Chemical companies 'misleading' gardeners over toxic pesticides

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary how does your garden grow? If Mary answered in a way that’s reflective of the majority of British gardeners today, instead of silver bells and cockle shells the answer would be a resounding, 'With 2,4-D, clopyralid and neonicotinoids.' As oxymoronic as it may seem un-green gardens and sheds full of toxic chemicals are endemic across the UK. For most amateur gardeners the closed loop system - as striven towards by followers of permaculture and organics - is an alien concept. Instead fossil fuel dependent, mass produced, often imported products – pots, seed trays, lanterns, pond liners, ornaments, green houses – are the norm, as are a battalion of toxic chemical based products to feed, defend and purge plants, crops and lawns. In an increasingly urbanised country gardeners may not realise the crucial role their hobby can play in maintaining local ec...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/investigations/natural_world/...

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