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The Over Use of Chemical Fertilizers

This article was written by Fred Pearce for the “Yale Environment 360”, it is a well written and painfully important message.

The Nitrogen Fix:
Breaking a Costly Addiction

Over the last century, the intensive use of chemical fertilizers has saturated the Earth’s soils and waters with nitrogen. Now scientists are warning that we must move quickly to revolutionize agricultural systems and greatly reduce the amount of nitrogen we put into the planet’s ecosystems.

by fred pearce

A single patent a century ago changed the world, and now, in the 21st century, Homo sapiens and the world we dominate have an addiction. Call it the nitrogen fix. It is like a drug mainlined into the planet’s ecosystems, suffusing every cell, every pore — including our own bodies.

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Chemicals are wreaking havoc on our Eco systems and it is up to each and every one of us to educate ourselves on alternative solutions. We have a responsibility not only to ourselves, but to our future generations.

Lisa LaPaso

Lisa’s Landscape and Design

“Saving the Planet One Yard at a Time”


  1. As much as possible, eat what has not been grown with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Nitrous Parts Wholesale

  2. 🙂

  3. Roy McNeilly

    Ms Lisa, I live in Houston so what other options do I have besides St Augustine grass to have a natural green lawn which would require less watering , cutting, etc. I am going to rent an aretor to dig the holes and spread compost over my distressed St Augustine lawn tomorrow, per your article.

    • Hi Roy, thank you for the question. You are further north than I so I would suggest contacting your local sod company and see what they recommend. I love Zoysia and if that is an option there, that would be my choice. Particularly Palisades if you can get it.

  4. Thank you so much.

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