Why pet safe lawn fertilizer makes sense?
Cancer In Dogs Exposed To Lawn Chemicals!
Typically, pet owners, do everything they can to provide their pets with a lifetime of love, affection, nutrition and a healthy living environment. Unfortunately, the health risks, associated with the use of chemical lawn fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides, are sometimes overlooked. Pets will munch on lawn grass and when they munch on lawn grass, treated with chemicals, their health is at risk.
herbicide-treated lawns and gardens increases the risk of bladder
cancer by four to seven times in Scottish Terriers, according to a
study by Purdue University veterinary researchers published in the
April 15, 2004 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary
Medicine Association (J
Am Vet Med Assoc 2004; 24:1290-1297). The study adds to earlier
research conducted by the National Institutes of Health that found
elevated rates of canine lymphoma in dogs exposed to lawn pesticides
Beyond Pesticides factsheet) Meanwhile the American
Veterinary Medical Association issued a release, "Herbicide
Exposure May Increase Cancer Risk in Dogs," with the study
authors' recommendations that owners of Scottish Terriers
"should decrease their dogs' exposure to lawns or gardens
treated with common herbicides, particularly phenoxy herbicides and
possibly nonphenoxy herbicides" and "veterinarians should
perform routine (every six months) cytologic urine exams in Scottish
Terriers and other 'genetically high risk' breeds over six years
In addition to presenting health risks to pets, Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides place our children and ourselves at risk. Children are especially at risk to side effects from chemicals. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences have voiced concern about the dangers that pesticides pose to children. A California law now gives you the right to be notified before your child’s school uses a pesticide.
“Kids across the country
carry a mixture of dangerous chemicals in their bodies every day,”
said Kristin Schafer, program coordinator at Pesticide Action
Network. “While the chemical industry will say this is the cost of
doing business, we say risking our kids’ health is not acceptable,
and it's high time to shift to nontoxic ways of controlling
SAN FRANCISCO (July 21,
2005)--Scientists at Pesticide Action Network North America analyzed
pesticide data in a study released today by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), finding that more than 90% of those
tested carried a mixture of pesticides in their bodies. Many of
these chemicals have been linked to health effects such as cancer,
birth defects and neurological problems.
"Chemicals used on
millions of lawns across America could cause cancer, birth
defects, gene mutations and other maladies. One chemical, 2, 4-D,
a component in the Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange, is now used
in about 1,500 lawn care products."
Source: DETROIT FREE PRESS 4.18.89
"Urban and suburban
residents are now subjected to more pesticide exposure than their
Source: MOTHER EARTH NEWS No. 123