Organic gardening is for everyone. It’s not just for aging hippies, new age gurus and tree huggers. Using organic pesticides is vital for preserving the planet we call home. Hippies aren’t the only ones who live here, are they? Of course not. Here are some things you may or may not know about why it’s so important to use organic pest control in your garden.
Chemical pesticides are killing bees.
Bees flit from flower to flower, collecting pollen. They spread it to other vegetation. In the process, they are exposed to toxins. Not only is this killing the bees, the chemical gets spread efficiently before their demise. We need bees to pollinate not only flowers, but the food we eat. No bees? No food. It’s a simple concept.
Human health issues from pesticides are extensive.
The more pesticides we use, the more we ingest. From plastic to carbon emissions to that tiny little spritz of pesticide you applied to that stubborn weed, toxin levels are building and growing. Why is it anyone elses business how you handle pest control in your garden? Well, guess what? Those chemicals you apply can float or leech into other gardens too.
Pesticides end up in drinking water.
Would you hand your baby a bottle filled with chemicals? That’s exactly what you’re doing if you use toxic chemicals in your garden. You may not believe your little garden could make that much of an impact. That may be true. Still, every chemical anyone uses will eventually leech into our groundwater. That’s why it’s important that everyone get on the organic gardening bandwagon. There is power (and safety) in numbers.
Pesticides lower wild bird population
Bees aren’t the only aerial creatures on the planet. Birds can spread pesticides long distances as well. Like the bees, if they ingest too much, they’ll die. Why is protecting the bird population so vital? Think about what birds do. They keep the bug population down. Some bugs carry disease to humans and other animals. Others infest our gardens, necessitating more aggressive pest control. It’s a vicious cycle.
Nature’s fragile balance is disrupted by chemical pesticides.
Speaking of cycles, there is one cycle important to all of us. By all of us, I mean every animal on this planet, including humans. It’s the natural cycle of life. Humans do much to disrupt it, including the use of chemical pesticides. What happens to our plant life impacts our future. So next time you think about spraying your garden with chemicals to keep away the bugs, think harder. You may be sealing your own grim fate. Organic pest control isn’t just for aging hippies and tree huggers. It’s for everyone who wants to lead a long, happy life.
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