The American Lawn

“U.S. lawn maintenance annually consumes about 800 million gallons of gasoline, $5.2 billion of fossil-fuel derived fertilizers, and $700 million in pesticides. Up to two thirds of the drinking water consumed in municipalities goes to watering lawns.”  The American lawn is the epitome of unsustainability, “covering an estimated 41 million acres of the United States, making it the largest irrigated crop in the country.”

“The American lawn now represents a serious civic problem. That the space devoted to it continues to grow—and that more and more water and chemicals and fertilizer are devoted to its upkeep—doesn’t prove that we care so much as that we are careless.”
Elizabeth Kolbert

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