By Paul Schmitt
A UW-Madison professor of Integrative Biology and Environmental Toxicology, who presented Monday morning in Door County, says we risk our overall health if we continue to use pesticides for crop or lawn care. Dr. Warren Porter spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim for fifty minutes Monday and shared a study he conducted that showed that agricultural chemical concentrations found in our groundwater can significantly influence one’s health. Dr. Porter says Door County faces even more health concerns with pesticide usage with the limited topsoil on the bedrock of the peninsula.
Dr. Porter says studies show that our reproductive systems, nervous systems. immune systems and genetics are being negatively impacted by the use of pesticides. In offering alternatives, Dr. Porter says organic lawns can be less expensive and more efficient in water and fertilizer requirements.