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Joyce M. Coomer comments on willy nilly use of herbicides

The horrible & unhealthy practice of spraying herbicides along roadsides

By Joyce M. Coomer
Personal commentary

I cringed, and nearly had to go upchuck, when I read that the transportation crews were going to start the horrid practice of spraying herbicides willynilly along the roadsides. Hasn't anyone stopped to think just how terrible this is for the earth? Not to mention the people and animals living on it.

Has no one stopped to consider what used to be considered a practical farming solution to these so-called noxious weeds . . . a healthy application of lime discourages and eliminates a lot of these unnecessarily denigrated plants. And, as a side-effect, the lime is good for the roadside turf grass, causing it to grow denser and crowd out a lot of the plants the highway crews are apparently not equipped to simply mow down these days . . .

There is ugliness along the roadsides for months after herbicide application because redbuds, dogwoods, oaks, hickories, beeches, elms, maples, and many other trees have been killed (as well as native wildflowers).

Then add in the minor fact that the plants that sellers and appliers of herbicides say they are eliminating apparently like places that have been inundated with herbicides as they are the plants I see quickly regrowing in those areas, not to mention that the herbicides also kill the roadside grasses, and you can see why I mourn for the planet.
- Joyce M. Coomer

This story was posted on 2016-03-07 15:58:17
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