Ensuring a Healthy Hearth and Home
A new statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine warns against the harmful effects of pesticides and other common chemicals. Here with tips to help us ensure our home and hearth won’t hurt our health is Metro’s natural gardening and toxics reduction expert Carl Grimm.
We’ve heard warnings about toxic chemicals forever, it seems, and it’s hard to know what – if anything – can be done about them. What’s the significance of this new statement from the medical community?
Of particular concern are increased risks of childhood cancers and profound and lasting effects on our kids’ health even from chemical exposures that occur before conception to either parent.
So, in the house, how can we fight pests without bug sprays and rodent baits?
What about on the lawn and in the yard? What works best for reducing pesticide use?
For the lawn, steer clear of weed and feed or other pesticides. Instead, mow regularly and let the clippings lie on the lawn so they fertilize for free. Sprinkle grass seed over the lawn in fall or spring and wherever you pull a weed so the turf grows thick, and the weeds have to struggle for a foothold. Consider letting some weeds grow so your lawn looks more interesting, you save some effort and don’t expose anyone to chemicals.
Ask Metro for more information and to get free resources on nontoxic products and practices for your home and garden by calling 503-234-3000 or visiting oregonmetro.gov/healthyhome.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists statement on “Toxic Environmental Agents” and related information resources can be found at acog.org/toxicchemicals