Kamyar Enshayan, the director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, published a column in the Des Moines Register about the dangers of using weed killers.
Many lawn chemicals contain 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid – one of three ingredients found in Agent Orange. Household pesticides have been linked to many serious diseases including leukemia and brain cancer.
Canada has outlawed the cosmetic use of pesticides due their health risks. This led to an 80 percent decline in the concentration of lawn weed killers in nearby streams. New York has also outlawed the use of pesticides in all K-12 schools.
Read the full column here.