Yesterday, as I walked with my dog, I passed many houses with little signs displaying recent yard treatments and even bigger signs displaying recent mosquito treatments.
It is disheartening to still see so many people using pesticides and herbicides in such high volume 51 years after the start of Earth Day - the grassroots effort to bring awareness to environmental toxins.
Yet, here we are 51 years later with many of the same issues and a mindset about what yards should look like.
People are not making the connection between green grass, the death of insects and the increased rates of cancer in both humans and dogs.
Many countries and some cities in the United States have started to ban glyphosate because of their strong link to carcinogens. (see article)
France banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In October 2020, the European Court of Justice ruled that France's ban of neonicotinoid pesticides, considered harmful to bees, is legal. A huge step forward.
Yet, the US Environmental Protection Agency wants to allow five neonicotinoid pesticides to remain in the US marketplace, despite their neurotoxic risks to people and wildlife, including bees and other pollinators. The five pesticides are acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam.
4-Legger has written a lot on yard treatments because I used to be one of those people who had the yard treatments in my own yard and I paid a huge price for it.
I lost my dog Henry Clay to penile cancer his veterinarian attributed to exposure to environmental toxins. Read that as prolonged, low dose exposure over years.
Disease, including cancer, doesn’t happen overnight. Every day you delay removing toxins in your environment is increasing the risk of disease occurring in your pet, your family and yourself.
It is time for all of us to wake up to the long term effects of environmental toxins and to do better.
Check out some of our articles on yard treatments, bioaccumulation, the link between lawn treatments and cancer in dogs and how to naturally reduce pests in your lawn.
On yesterdays walk, I also heard the birds chirping and observed the beautiful spring colors around me.
I am thankful for another day that I am on this planet and my battle with cancer is in the past.
I still mourn the loss of Henry Clay but I am committed to bringing awareness to the very harmful use of chemicals that cause environmental toxins in both yards and in dog shampoo and other grooming products.
If you are looking to find a truly all natural safe and non-toxic USDA Certified Organic Dog Shampoo for your dog, you owe it to your dog to check out 4-Legger organic dog shampoo.