What WOULD we do without chemicals?
Well, we wouldn’t be here, for starters! Neither we, nor anything else on this planet, would be alive. Chemicals are what we are – because the basis of all living things, as well as rocks and soil and sky and sea – is chemistry. As one scientist has put it, “a chemical is an identifiable constituent of every organic compound”.
So to talk about spraying – or not spraying – “chemicals” in our garden is a bit of a misnomer.
When practitioners of “organic” gardening talk about not controlling pests and weeds with chemicals they are generally talking about manufactured synthetic chemicals which have been proved harmful to other organisms.
DDT is a good example of this. Once thought of as…