As part of a recent assignment I was asked to look into the effect of soap on the environment. What I found was a freaky subculture of soap activists and an opposing subculture of people who think soap is practically Agent Orange. I knew I had to post on this because the viewpoints on the internet are far and few between, and a poor soul like myself would get uber-confused just trying to determine what kind of chemicals are in soap!
One of the 10 most invasive species in the entire world is The Gray Squirrel. They’ve been known to eat everything from nuts to garbage cans, and are real pests in my New York neighborhood. Bothersome plants and animals are why people turn to pesticides and herbicides to protect their houses. But can herbicides be good? When I think herbicide I think about white powder that burns your fingers when you touch it. That is not good. Herbicides aren’t selective on what they destroy. On the other hand, the plants you want to keep could always be re-planted after the invasive species are eradicated. So why bring up herbicides? Continue reading