I’ve become acutely aware of how using fertilizer and insecticide has negatively affected my life. My dogs life in particular.
Recently I had taken one of the cats to the vet because he was losing hair. The vet did skin scrapings, and blood work and found no mange, no fleas or ticks, and no infections. He concluded that the cat had developed an autoimmune disease from being exposed to environmental toxins. Fertilizer and insecticide are used regularly, and have been for years, at the location where the cat lives.
Upon doing research I found that excess use of synthetic fertilizers over time can create unhealthy algae blooms, runoff kills aquatic life, and exposure over time negatively affects domestic animals. Not to mention humans….think about the Roundup issues. (I’ll list just a few websites that talk about these things at the bottom of this post.)
3 consequences of using chemicals on your yard. How it’s hurting the ecosystem, our water, animals and livestock.
Personally it’s affected my dog. (We don’t live there, we just go out to take care of animals.) Her immune system has become so sensitive that she can no longer eat red meat proteins, absolutely no commercial dog food, (read the ingredients… it’s full of chemicals), and she develops an allergic reaction if she walks in the grass. I have to give her a Benadryl. She can now only eat fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and a very small amount of tuna for salmon for her protein. If I try to give her any other type of protein, rice, corn, oats, barley, meat….she will be vomiting within the hour.
Two years ago, the momma cat had a kitten with an underdeveloped leg, that had to be subsequently amputated. He’s fine and living his best life now as a house cat, but I’m beginning to believe that it was caused from his mother being exposed to all of the stuff that is used on the property.
Let me be clear…I know that nothing was done intentionally. No one was intentionally trying to hurt the ground, or animals. But the simple fact is that it has.
So what can be done? It’s not my property, so I can do nothing but express what I’ve researched and learned and take care of my animals.
On my own small garden, I use no pesticides other than chili powder and garlic powder. I sprinkle that in and around my plants and I have no issues with insects destroying anything.
Why am I saying all of this? Because it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of this planet and the animals and ecosystems that are here. Do some research for yourself and see how deforestation is killing and completely eliminating entire species. It’s not just here, it’s everywhere. Go watch the show on Hulu, Secrets of Elephants…there’s a prime example of humans ruining the planet.
It’s no secret that I am an animal and create lover, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve begun to see behind the scenes and how careless the inhabitants of this planet are to the only place we have to live. We are destroying the planet. Where else can we survive and live? NOWHERE. I don’t care what everyone says about Mars, no one is living there, so the point is mute.
I wish I had known then what I know now.
Would you roll around in the chemicals you put on your yard? Or spray yourself with the insecticides that you put on your plants? If you wouldn’t, then don’t do it.
I’m a firm believer in what goes around, comes around.
I have read many research papers, articles, testimonies on this, but this blog post is meant to express my concern, and encourage you to do your own research. Don’t take my word for it, although I’m right. But as with anything on the internet, you can find both good and bad opinions and publications for whatever you want. My PERSONAL EXPERIENCE is negative with excess use of chemicals, so I can testify to that. You an also find much more information on how chemicals and living an unhealthy lifestyle can cause cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, hair loss, skin loss…. I could go on and on.
So it’s not a fairy tale, and it’s been proven that chemicals kill. Obviously, we’ve used them in war to eliminate our enemies. Shocker.
So what are the three consequences? Toxicity to humans and animals, toxic ground water, and death. We can’t live like this anymore, and it’s showing. Of course illness is a business in this country, so…but that’s another post for another day.
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