Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Could weed killers be killing our pets?

    Recently, we lost our beloved little shelter dog to cancer, and our daughter recently lost her young dog to what used to be a rare auto-immune disease.
    As the sympathetic e-mails from our dog-loving friends pour in, many telling of their own sad losses (and not all from old age or familiar causes), I feel on little dog Sam’s behalf, and that of every dog in our valley who runs and cavorts and rolls on the unnaturally weed-free grass and later licks his or her paws and fur, I must ask: Can there be a connection between dying dogs and dandelions? All these bright-green, manicured weed-free lawns and parks and golf-courses, (except our garden, where dandelions—the first food source for the bees in early spring—flourish, and no tree or flower or lettuce has ever been exposed to Monsanto’s products) make me wonder: Should we be asking, “What, exactly, is in all these sprays?”
    Taken further, should we be concerned as we watch our toddlers, who famously put everything in their mouths, falling down and getting up on the lawn or in the park, and among whom—coincidentally—there seem to be soaring epidemics of allergies and learning disabilities?
    Your readers’ comments and experiences would be much appreciated.
Diana Fassino


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