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My recent Lawn Order comic was printed in the Anchorage Press next to a review of a book called American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn by Ted Steinberg, which led me to buying it. As boring as lawncare is, the book seemed interesting and funny.

I picked up the book thinking our obsession with lawn mowing was a ridiculous waste of time and meaningless status symbol to most Americans. I finished with an amazing amount of insight into just how the desire for an unrealistically green lawn--that is completely free of weeds-- came about (chemical companys and the proliferation of golf courses) and the staggering environmental effect it has. A few choice facts from the book:
  • Using a gas-powered leaf blower for half an hour creates as many polluting hydrocarbon emissions as driving a car seventy-seven hundred miles at a speed of thirty miles per hour.
  • In the process of refueling their lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and other garden equipment, Americans spill about seventeen million gallons of gasoline every summer, or about 50% more than marred the Alaskan coast during the notorious Exxon Valdez disaster.
  • A single golf course in Tampa, Florida--a state that leads the nation with over a thousand of these emerald green creations--uses 178,800 gallons of water per day, enough to meet the daily water needs of more than twenty-two hundred Americans.
  • Positively reassuring, is it not?
    07.09.2006 |