One book we all must have is the Green Your Home All-in-One for Dummies! It warns us that lawns suck water like crazy!
Between 30 per cent and 60 per cent of household water in the United States is used to keep lawns alive. Remember that’s water that people could be drinking, say the writers of this book.
They are guilty of giving out 5 per cent
of air pollution! In fact a lawnmower emits the
same amount of pollution as eight new cars driving 55 miles an hour!
Each mower emits 80 pounds of CO2 per year, eerily contributing to global warming. Since pesticides evaporate into the air, they cause more pollution!
While most people use around 40 to 80 gallons of water per day for cooking, laundry, bathing, drinking etc. your pretty green lawn gobbles up 270 billion gallons per week, which is three times what is put on irrigated corn and enough to grow 81 million acres of organic food!
This book asks us all “Is it better to have 31 million acres of lawn or 81 million acres of pure fresh food?