LETTER: Monoculture grass destroys ecosystem | Letters

Important title page above the fold 29.-30. May H&R headline, “Why the state is falling short on curbing farm runoff,” reads in part: “Under a framework known as the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, developed in 2015, the state is looking for until 2025 Reduce nitrate loads by 15% and phosphorus loads by 25% If we carefully address this persistent pollution problem in Illinois, agricultural fields are critical to our future.

Equally important, however, is the constantly ignored “elephant in the room” in all cities and towns of Illinois, not to mention much of our nation. That oversized and underestimated problem is the seemingly endless acres of private and public unnatural land cover of hideously eco-destructive monoculture lawns that become even more deadly when doused with commercial non-organic lawn fertilizers and toxic insecticides.

Artificially maintaining monoculture turf land cover over private and public property generously contributes to the destruction of pollinators and other eco-essential insects that underpin healthy terrestrial ecosystems that necessarily underpin a life-sustaining ecology that necessarily secures the ecological futures of our children and grandchildren. But does our “It’s all about me” generation with our extremely important real estate and financial portfolios necessarily take care of the next generation, even if our children and grandchildren belong to this generation? In fact, we can’t even imagine the price our children will pay tomorrow for today’s curb appeal of our insanely environmentally destructive, lush green artificial turf.

However, when we use our lawnmowers and toxic chemicals to deliberately destroy Mother Nature’s biodiversity, which completes the eternal cycle of life, we pay “upfront” for the contempt we hold for Mother Nature and even our own children he exists in the few remaining natural large grass meadows of Illinois. We can honor our “Prairie State” by simulating the biodiversity of the tall grass prairie in our own backyards. That is, if we take care of it enough.

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