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52 Reasons To Stop Mowing (Zot a la Gallagher)
Fruitarian Network ^ | 1973 first version | Nonmowing Coalition

Posted on 07/25/2006 6:58:41 AM PDT by fruitarian108


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Ron Howard, director of A Beautiful Mind and many other films,made his first film at age 8.. an anti mowing film which showed the nature of mowers' attacks on lawns. Art Buchwald: People shouldn't be judged by the length of their grass.

In 2003 through now, the world has seen floods, famine, fire, mudslides, hurricanes, tornados and other disasters created by the unprecedented destruction of trees around the world. Trees are nature's weather stabilizers. We need trillions of trees.. new trees.


GROW FREE FOOD .PREVENT MOWER ACCIDENTS .PROTECT SAPLING TREES .CREATE OXYGEN .SAVE TIME . CONSERVE FUEL .SAVE MONEY .GUARD FREEDOM .INVOKE RAIN. STABILIZE WEATHER PATTERNS . STOP MUDSLIDES .BUFFER NOISE. PREVENT FLOODS .FOSTER WILDLIFE HABITAT . FILTER AIR in the order of importance)In the last few years the EPA has joined theenvironmental groups promoting nonmowing. Their site is .. type in 'natural landscaping' in search tobring upmany sites. The Green Party and many Libertarians also support nonmowing. In June of 2002, NPR reported that the Congressional Black Caucus has a better record than either white Democrats or white Republicans in environmental issues. I: ENVIRONMENTAL (THE REDUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANIPULATION) 1. REFORESTATION When one stops mowing, land becomes meadow and then thicket and then woods. reforesting the world.

2. OXYGEN CREATION This extra greenery creates oxygen. The average tree creates 5 pounds of oxygen daily.

3. AIR PURIFICATION More greenery purifies the air through leaf filtration a.particulate matter b. car fumes c. noxious gases d. other airborn toxins. Removal of carbon dioxide by plants ameliorates pollution. Benzopyrene is created not only by charcoal broiling of animal flesh and by cigarette smoking but by the mower and car.

4. TEMPERATURE STABILIZATION Warms the world's winters and cools the summers. There is a 50 degree difference between 70 degree equatorial rainforest and 120 degree desert. Each blade of grass is a little air conditioner. A world without drought, flood, famine, freezes, and killer heat can be eliminated by literally covering the world with trees.

5. RAIN INVOCATION Greenery calls down rain. Bayard Webster of the NY Times wrote that each mature tree evaporates 40 gallons of moisture daily (much greater amounts for older trees.) All greenery is involved in the raincycle.The drought and consequent starvation in N. Korea was related to the cutting of nearly all trees for fuel.

6. DEW PRESERVATION More plants preserve dew. Not only do greenspires and leaves act as masts around which dew can gather, but the more greenery the longer the dew lasts.

7. NOISE BUFFER Leaf volume weaves a noise buffer which screens out unpleasant traffic 8. NOISE PREVENTION Ends the peace-fracturing sound of the lawnmower. Some communities have noise ordinances which prevent mowing during normal sleeping hours. 9. VISUAL BEAUTY Multiplies the beauty of diversity 10. FRAGRANCE Multiplies the fragrance in the air. 11. HEALING GREEN Nonmowing creates optical healing bycreating more greenery. Research has proven that looking on the jadeand forest greens reduces heartbeat and creates peace. 12. LANDFILL ECONOMY Letting lawns grow wild reduces pressure not adding leaves to overburdenedsystems (and saves the fuel and wages of collectionreleasing workers for the labor of their hearts). (NPR Sept 1:methanegases leach from landfill through water into basements) As the worldevolves away from treekilling, sawdust piles which are a byproductof the lumber industry will be removed, making the earth safer forchildren. 13. FUEL CONSERVATION Conserves fuel a. unused inunused mowersb. As evergreen trees break cold winter winds andshroud dwellings they are natural insulation. 14. HYDROCARBON REDUCTION Prevents hydrocarbon moweremission from polluting the air. Many media outlets are passing ontheEPA recommendation that lawns not bemowed when there is great humidity and heat. Hydrocarbons createozonealerts. 15. CARBON DIOXIDE Greenery which takes in carbondioxide and breathes out oxygen reduces gases toxic to humans. 15a. METHANE petroleum and toxic gases are purified by leaf action. 16. TORNADO PREVENTION Unstable heat is the mainfactor in tornados. Greenery which reduces the temperature 30 degreesin forest areas prevents tornados. 17. MUDSLIDE PREVENTION: The roots of living plantsabsorb great amounts of water and prevent mudslides. 18. FLOOD PREVENTION:A. On river banks and everywhere, tree, plant, bush,and vine roots are flood preventers. As David Kidd of Canton, planterofmore than a million trees has stated, the bigger and older the treethemore work it does. (The 900 year old oaks with their huge diametersare a lot more precious to Mother Earth than skinny young trees. B. Ohio Public Radio David C. Barnett Sept 9th: reported on reductionof impervious surface by reducing concrete and addinggreenery. (The hard asphalt, concrete, and rooftops create morerunoff and flooding.) C. Bricks and stones in roads are better for theenvironment than are concrete and asphalt. They allow rain through the inter-brick space and have less blistering heat. Angel strips not devilstrips (Planting grape trellises over highways re-greens theearth and creates food.) 19. PREVENT DESERTIFICATION Only reforestation canprevent desertification. This is the conclusion of Patrick Velasquezof US Agency For International Development and most other environmentalists. We used to think a pine cone was one seed, but apparently it is hundreds. 20. REDUCE CHEMICAL POLLUTION: Radio network show Public Interest October 7 featuring Rodale author: Chemically treated lawns are grass high on drugs.: Fertilizer has toxic byproducts forthe land and water. Rodale, Emmaus Pennsylvania, USA 18049 is oneleader in the organic movement. 21. FASTEST CLEANUP OF TOXIC DUMPS Green island sanctuaries of unmolested plants,insects, and wildlife are a protection against the biotechmanipulationsof the environment. 22. WATERSHED PROTECTION The more greenery, plants, vines, trees, and bushes..the more the watershed, reservoirs, and lakes and ponds, brooks andstreams are protected.a. Arsenic is a byproduct of the pressed woodindustry. Arsenic is poisonous in the waters, and likeother industrial pollutants such as mercury, chromiumand polychlorinated biphenols is concentrated in the flesh of fishes. 23. BIODIVERSITY Nonmowing or letting God be the landscaper createsbiodiversity and its many benefits (and benefirs) rather thanmonoculture. (Loggers last year caused the death of David Chain,Earth First tree activist. Write efmc@a... or call 707 923 2114Andy Caffrey) 24. FIRE PREVENTION In March of 2001, widescale drought in the NW had been reported. Destruction of greenery is one cause of this. Trees'evaporation is necessary in cloud formation. Fires have destroyed untold tens of thousands of square miles of green beings and resident animals. 25. FREE FOOD Fruit and nut trees with grape and bean vines spaced among the trees can yield 450,000 lbs. per acre. Ted Steinberg writes that in the US alone an area the size of Florida is devoted to unproductive lawns. 26. WATER CONSERVATION: Unmowed areas do not need watering.. they are self contained systems. Nor do they need recycling. Most lawns are watered for growth and then the growth is cut and discarded. 27. INSECTICIDE PREVENTION: Carpet lawn enthusiastspollutethe environment with insecticides in some cases.

II HUMAN RIGHTS: (Numbers 19 through 42)

1. FEEDING THE HUNGRY: FOOD CREATION Prevents famineby giving a cornucopia of free food to the planet Orchards are 450times as productive per acre as slaughterhouses..Dr. Faust,former chief of the USDA Fruit Labs, cited centenarian orchards ofapple trees dropping two tons each of food. This is 400,000 lbs peracreas compared to 100 to 1000 lbs of food for meat, 10,000 lbs fordairy, 80,000 lbs. for acre. The 400 to l ratio is only the firststep. Trilevel agriculture.. with bean and other vines around thetree trunks and other foodyielding plants in the interarborealspaces.. yield even more. This also can be multiplied by those areaswhich have 2 or 3 growing seasons..e.g. Southern California. Becausecertain economic systems promote scarcity based profit, these orchardsystems have been deemphasized. 2. PREVENTION OF DEATH AND INJURY 2a. Prevents in the U.S. alone, 75,000 accidents and some fatalities annually caused bymowers and harvesters, and around the world millions of accidentseliminated. NPR reported May 17, 2002 that tractor rollovers are the leading cause of death among farmers, and that farming in general is the 2nd most hazardous occupation (after commercial fishing). 2b. Ravines are generally more protected from mowing,as there is wider recognition of the danger of mowing. 2c. When grass is mowed on hillsides, when wet orexceedingly dry it can cause slipping accidents. 2d, There have even been drownings from lawnmower accidents as teens and adults drop into unseen septic tanks. 2e. One of every 5 lawnmower or machine harvester deaths, says the Consumer Product Safety Commissions, involves a child. Lawnmowers cause death through laceration and amputation, through drowning as rideon mowers tip people into lakes, through burns, through projectile rocks, stones, metal shot out by a 3.5 lb. blade rotating at 4000 revolutions per minute etc. (the last sentence is from American Green by Ted Steinberg) 3. PREVENTION OF HEART ATTACKS As non shoveling ofsnow can prevent winter heart attacks nonmowing can sometimespreventsummer heart attacks. 4. FREEDOM Health departments are reducing the forcedcrewcutting of lawns and the rending ofMother Nature's garments . See below for further info. 5. EMPTY JAILS Saves money otherwise spent on jailing people (seeabove) 6. PRIVACY Creates a privacy screen. Ways to avoidgrass (a transitional plant unless land is constantly mowed) includea. pachysandra b. myrtle and other ground cover c. grape vinetrellises d. evergreen trees and shrubs as natural fences e.berry bushes as natural boundaries. 7. HERBAL REMEDIES Nonmowing allows healing extracts and seeds to flourish, e.g. milkthistle seeds, which regenerate cirrhosis-afflicted livers. The active ingredient is silymarin. (Herbology studentembyrne@s... is a non mower) Work against those who seek to patentthe world's pre-existing seeds. (see Monsantofile.) 8. KEEPS WASPS FRIENDLY prevents wasp stings and hiveattacks as their homes are destroyed. 9. ECONOMICS a. saves money otherwise spent on fuel b. Saves money otherwise spent on young trees.c. Fruit trees ave money spent on food. Seth Godin says 17 billion a year is spent on this waste. 10. TIME ECONOMY frees human time hours for enjoyablepriorities a. no petroleum procurement time, no mowing time, no rakingtime. 11. AMERICAN HERITAGE: The Native American culturenever spent time mowing Mother Earth. Her green cover is her garment.Lawn mowing is a fairly recent thing. The original lawn mowers weresheep and other animals later slaughtered for their flesh. The TimeLifeGardening Yearbook mentions the 'chipped monotypiclayer of bluegrass', the crewcut which is called alawn. Other ecologists speak about the hazards of monoculture. 12. FREE CONCERTS Cicadas and crickets will give freeconcerts, as will woodpeckers, songbirds whose habitats are restored.Fireflies will put on silent fireworks. Buttercupswill save chalices of dew for butterflies who in turn will coolthe earth with the slight breeze from their fanning wings. 13. WEED KILLER OR HERBICIDE use (Diane Rehm Show Sept1) causes childhood and other environmental pollutant basedcancers. Some leaches into the water system. Some is directly smearedonto skin. 14. INSECTICIDE BASED CANCERS: Insecticides weredeveloped as weapons in WW 2. At the end of the war, chemicalcompanies wanted new markets. These insecticides cause cancer. (NPRSept 1) Animal products concentrate insecticides at 21 times theintensity they occur in fruits and vegetables, since a 1000 lb.cow ate 21,000 lbs. of food with nondegradable insecticides remainingin the muscle cells. 15. PREVENTION OF ASTHMA While the chief physical cause of asthma is the mucus lining in the respiratory tract created by meat, fish and dairy products and the prime spiritual cause is fear or emotional stress, land allowed to grow gradually into fields and then thickets and finally woods provides less pollen. 16. HEALING: Studies of recovering gall bladder patients reveal that those looking on a garden heal faster than those not. (BJ 6 6 2000) There are now herbal therapists at Univ of Kansas, Rutgers, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech. Those who look on living green have reduced blood pressure. The plant yarrow makes children in its proximity less agressive within a few moments. An ancient vedic parable says that to be healed one should look upongreen. Rather than paint the world that color, a sage says'put on green glasses'. (The best green glasses are living in an environment of green.) (Plant rights advocates to not support the killing of plants for herbs.) 17. PREVENTION OF GUN ACCIDENTS There has been at least one shooting caused by an irate reaction to the noise of the lawnmower. (Above are reasons 19 through 36) 18. PREVENTION OF MENTAL ILLNESS Is it a form of control freakdom to want to mow down what God greengrows? 19. PREVENTION OF NEIGHBOR FIGHTS Countless fights have been caused when someone's mower cuts down his neighbor's flowers or shrubs. 20. HERBICIDES used by ChemLawn and other lawn treatment companies are poisoning the earth's waters, causing cancer deaths to people, animals, fishes, and plants. 21. BOREDOM Lawns are boring. 22. THE USE OF ILLEGALS IN LANDSCAPING exploits them, condemning them to a. dangerous work b. in inclement weather c. monotonous work (from the book American Green by Ted Steinberg) 23. THE USE OF ILLEGALS IN LANDSCAPING is a form of unionbusting which harms the labor movement. 24. CHILD ABUSE The high rate of emergency room visits with some fatalities for children caused the city of Louisville Kentucky a while ago to pass an ordinance that no one under 18 could mow a lawn with a power motor.



1. WILDLIFE HABITAT Reprovides a home for wildlife,both those not endangered and those which are.Keeps birds from flying away when the power motors are started. 2 ANIMAL RIGHTS Protects insects, redwinged blackbirdsand other living creatures nesting in ground cover, and preventsthe mastication deaths of millions of small fieldanimals chewed up in harvesters.. (Sometimes the tiny feet of theseanimals can be seen in cans of food.) In Numbers 22, God causes a donkey to speak about the beatings of her human 'owner'.Along Lake Michigan in parts of Chicago are new signs indicating not mowing is done to give birds long grasses in which to nest. 3 PRESERVE WILDLIFE FOOD SUPPLY: Not removing acorns leaves food for squirrels and other wildlife during the winter as well as providing new sapling oaks in the spring. Not removing leaves provides more thermal shelter for northern animals. 4. SONGBIRDS ATTRACTED TO WILD AREAS...............James Marcus: Dandelions: they must be God's favorite flower for He plants them everywhere.


1 PLANTS' RIGHTS Protect the rights of sentient plants whose feelingshave been documented by Dr. Chandra Bose, knighted by theQueen of England for his laboratory measurement of plantconsciousness. Other scientists who have proven or written of plantconsciousness ares are Clive Baxter, Luther Burbank, The Secret Life Of Plants writers,, the owner to whose rights, Isaac Tigrett, sold all the Hard Rock Cafes he founded after becoming a vegetarian. Pachysandra, myrtle, snow on themountain,and camomile are some ground covers which do not offend moreconservative neighbors. 2: WILDFLOWER SANCTUARY Those like Lady Bird Johnsonwho have worked to foster protection of wildflowers know thenecessityof more wild places. 3: ENDING BOTANICAL RACISM E.Woodford is the first person who has spoken of botanical racism. This phrase means different things to different people. To us it means that weeds have as much right to exist as do plants with cultivated blooms.The spirit-filled volunteers called weeds are usually stronger, more and more prolific than cultivated plants. V: DIVINE RIGHT: 1. Mother Earth blesses those who abandon controlling and manipulating her. 2. God does not like lawnmowers. (Joel 1: The land mourns the destruction of plants.) (Isaiah: Break not the bruised reed.) 3. George Bernard Shaw: I love little children, but I don't cutoff their heads and stick them in vases.IF YOU WILL JOIN THE EVERGREEN NETWORK PLEASE EMAIL USSO AT freelibrary27@y... There is no financial, action, orother obligation. In an editorial on March 19, 1977, the WashingtonPosteditorialized:"the tall grass can only benefit the citizens who seekthe beauty of Rock Creek Park". That year the NationalPark Service instituted a 'meadows' program to let some areasreturn to nature. The Post mentioned the federal court casevictory of an Akron citizen who fought the city's compulsorylawnmowing ordinance. "Nature is ready to cooperate.Some citizen cooperation is next." In addition the Post's RichardCohen reported on a lawn mowed by a guinea pig named Bijou.Phil Shenon of the New York Times has covered no-mow activistssuch as Alice Herrington, then president of Friends ofAnimals. The BBC, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting are someinternational networks which have covered theadvantages of nonmowing. The Los Angeles Times also editorialized infavor of not mowing. The Atlanta Constitution outlined reasonsnot to mow in an article by Lewis Regenstein. Omni Magazine, TheChristian Science Monitor, Organic Gardening, AnitaManning of USA Today, Vegetarian Times, OMNI magazine, Germannewspapers, and many other publications have promotedthe idea of nonmowing.Patrick Velasquez of the US Agency For InternationalDevelopment studied Senegalese forest. He said the cost ofplanting other country exotics there was $25 to $50 per tree,with 19% survival rate whereas natural regeneration (which occursfromnonmowing) is free. The USDA in 1998 has signed onto the NationalWildlife Federation's Backyard Conservation plan.. whichencourages people to let the area behind their homes grow wild forthesake of the environment.Even these corporate media and hunting promotiongroups are promoting the environment. 'Corn on the curb' is anincreasingly visible thing.

(poster apologizes that this article is not more international in reference) The Spanish poet Lorca,assassinated byFranco:"They cut timber and lioness teats as easily as if they were bakingbread". Sterling North: We are but the ephemera of the moment,the brief custodians of redwoods which were ancient when Christ wasborn. Recently the governor of one of the largest states in thecountrypromised to plant l million trees in his state andsaid that trees, do indeed, call down rain. (Those areas with themostdevastation this winter from icestorms, mudslides, flood and tornadowere for the most part places which had cut downtens of thousands of trees in the last 20 years.). The Nicaraguan Network Environmental Task Forcecalls on multinationals to stop devastating Atlantic forests.. linkedtoHurricane Mitch-The bombing of Afghanistan has been a factor in the trees which invoke rain were destroyed and river coursesaltered. Napalm burned the trees of Vietnam. At presentherbicides are being dropped in Colombia and Ecuador borders.Richard St Barbe Baker convinced Franklin Roosevelt, US president, toplant billions of trees.Garrison Kieler of Prairie Home Companion recently wrote a pieceabout a family which had decided not to mow.Other sites: city of Takoma Park, Maryland is one of many communitiesor countries which prohibit the cutting of trees of a certainage without a permit. India, Thailand .. which has bannedall lumber.. the UK are some tree respecting countries.)-

THIRTY SEVEN WAYS TO HELP TREES is the area of most heat and light, theequator, only 70 degrees in equatorial rainforest and 130 degrees intemperate zone desert? Trillions of Trees. Trees as nature's weatherstabilizers, trees, accounting for a 60 degree difference betweenrainforest on the equator and temperate zone desert, have been felledat an unprecedented rate. Harming trees causes fire, flood, famine,tornado and hurricane. 29 ways to help trees:1. plant trees Work for city, state, country and UN tree planting 2. stop mowing websites have files on not mowing3. eat tree products.. fruits and nuts.. say yes to orchard growers build with stone stucco brick and block not wood. You will a.prevent termite destruction nonviolently, b save the $,time, and environmental damage of paint, c have natural insulationwith its energy savings, d. prevent rotting woode. have better insulation in summer & winter f. end thedisease related to living near the mold from rotting wood g.reduce the arsenic in the watersystems, flowing in from pressedwood factories and h. have increasing rather than decreasing equityin your home. Use natural barriers such as bushes, or chain link, rather than wood fencing. cancel daily newspaper..and magazines and newsletters printedon felled trees, as 72% of the young have get your news on the web Daily newspapers account for trillions oftrees slaughtered annually and most promote anti environmentcorporations.6. Print on cotton, recycled or scrap paper in downloading7. Use a water spray instead of toilet paper8. Buy food naturally packaged.. nuts in nut shells,bananas inpeels.. buy in bulk. Fruit is nature's most perfectly packaged food.How many trees go into cereal boxes Use canvas bags for shopping.. neither plastic nor paper Stop eating meat, since cutting forests for cattlegrazing is a major cause of deforestation.. Animal fleshyields a maximum of 1000 lbs an acre. Tri level agriculture (fruittrees, vines and fruit bearing plants) yields over 450,000 lbs. peracre.) Meat's trioxypurine is more addictive than caffein'sdioxypurine.11. Work for peace.. work for an end to giving 10 million a dayto violent governments, for the outlawing of membership on armsmerchant boards by government officials (Lynne Cheney on theboard of Lockheed which wants to keep a 70 billion dollar planecontract) and elsewhere radically affecting weather patterns.. work for an end to CIA, Army and other weathermanipulation. In 1972 Seymour Hersh reported in the NY Timesthe CIA's attempts through cloud seeding to cause flooding in N Vietnam. [url] 12. Save fruit seeds and scatter them in wild places The average evaporation of mature trees is 42 gallons a day..which becomes mist, then clouds, and then rain, eliminating drought. 13. Buy books and greeting cards published on cotton, rice, or other nontree paper. 14. Purchase furniture which is used and refurbish it or buy metal furniture with cotton padding. There are many nontree furniture options. The furniture, lumber, and construction businesses have lobbied for the cutting down of US forests, whereas the UK, some cities in Maryland and California require a permit to cut down old trees. 15. Vote out earth abusers.. Vote out the GOP which sometimes receives 10 times the political contributions from earth abusers that any other party receives. Vote in Democrats or Greens or Libertarians depending on the situation (in some instances) 16. Avoid fast food places which deforest for their packaging and create litter which fills dumpsites and requires labor pickup 17. visualize sun and green trees everywhere 18. pray 19. Outlaw junk mail (as telemarketers have been). File a form with the main post office in your area. Return to sender. The GOP & junk mailers are requiring you to subsidize their treekilling and invasive practices as your postal rates go from 34 cents to 37 cents, an 8.1 cent inflation rate. 20. Recycle cardboard cartons at commerical establishments. Recycle your own scrap paper. 21. Replace the purchase of dead Christmas trees which cause many fires annually.. with artificial trees.. or living ones planted each year in the year. Oregon is the biggest Christmas tree killer with 7 billion a year in slaughter sales. 22. Save seeds of trees, vines, bushes, plants and scatter them where mowing does not occur 23. Ban the cutting of trees entirely as Thailand has down.(The United Kingdom has banned the cutting of trees after they reach a certain width.. while Takoma Park Maryland in the US and other cities have required a permit to cut older trees. The United States is still a land of skinny trees, because of present control of the Forest Svc. and National Park Service by lumber mining oil and cattle interests) In Mumbai elephants are threatened by logging, as well as by poaching and war. 24. Stop through lawsuits, networking etc. the 'controlled fires' deliberately set by the US Park Service and the Forest Svc... fires which often are made more lethal by the unpredictable wind.. fires which at their best destroy trees, animals, insects. 25. Work for workplace, home, library and other printouts on cotton, recycled, or the back sides of already printed paper. 26. stop the control of national and state executive branch, legislatures and courts by corporate contractors 27. network with other environmentalists 28. Disinvest mutual funds, pension funds from earth abusing corporations such as Georgia Pacific and other tree killers. 29. Replace paper towels with washed cotton rags. 30. Contact the USPO to give you a Direct Marketing Assoc. form .. which will stop both commercial and nonprofit junk mail delivered to your home ADVO is the world's largest junk mailer, killing trees both at the beginning and at the end as trees are bulldozed to make more landfill in which to put ADVO junk 31. Fax gives trees the ax... phone and email are more direct 32. Toilet paper used for urine only can be put in paper recyclers. 33. Please boycott insurance companies which mandate the killing of trees... (sometimes land speculators buy homes just long enough to put them on the market and profiteer from the sale... after axing centenarian trees... health departments too have joined in this anti health measure) 34. Legislate underground power lines to save trees. This is done in several countries in Europe. 35. Clearcutting lumber and mining companies have caused flash floods around the world. One such began over the destruction of 5000 homes near Beckley W. Va. 36. Lumber companies have put a variety of poisons into the waters. 37. Lumber companies have caused fires from dust accumulation such as the one occurring in Schofield Wisconsin in Oct. of 2005. Fire chief Doug Jennings: "It is my belief (the fire was caused by) a dust explosion."

Raking leaves 1. wastes time 2. fills landfills 3. costs communities money 4. removes blanketing leaves from Mother Earth during winter 5. removes nuts which feed squirrels RFK suing the EPA over Buckeye in Ohio which is giving cattle parts to chickens Rainforest Action Network puts huge bins in parks and elsewhere to collect newspaper, magazine, junk mail and other paper waste

Father Mother God make the earth warm where it is cold and cool it down in Indian areas in which it is too hot. Make earth weather gentle and nonviolent now and forever. Cause all to obey Your commands not to kill animals.. not to kill plants. Genesis 1 29

Revised: Nov 23, 1926 Ron Howard, director of A Beautiful Mind and many other films, made his first film at age 8.. an anti mowing film which showed the nature of mowers' attacks on lawns.

----------- houses built with wood do not last in a tornado as well as brick, stone, stucco, block homes

wood houses are painted.. painters often dump their leftover toxins into the streams

Court Cases, Books, Links


In 1976 a federal court in Cleveland Ohio ruled that the Akron Health Department's forced mowing of a woman's lawn violated her 1st Amendment freedom of religion since it is impossible to mow without killing beings. Attorneys William Whitaker and Beverly Rose wrought a $500 judgment against the Health Dept.

Staff of the pre Bush EPA of Chicago (Atty Rappoport and others) have developed supportive briefs for those wishing to challenge compulsory mowing ordinances.


In 2006 Ted Steinberg, an environmental historian in Cleveland, published American Green. 4 of the 52 reasons not to mow are based on thoughts from his book.

The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the Traditional Front Lawn by Stevie Daniels

A number of newspapers and magazines have done stories on not mowing. Lew Regenstein wrote an article for the Atlanta Constitution, Richard Cohen for the Washington Post, whlie Organic Gardening published a version of this post.


CALMM of Takoma Park Maryland works to promote lawn alternatives. Takoma Park is also a tree protecting city.

The National Wildlife Federation which promotes the killing of animals by hunters nevertheless also promotes wildlife habitat, with special emphasis on making the back yard wild.

The Fruitarian Network of Akron Ohio works for all aspects of plant rights and nonviolence.

LINKS Food Not Lawns and Wild Urban Gardeners

Robert Frost, Robert Redford, Ted Steinberg & Others

Utah resident Robert Redford said Ohioans are really into lawnmowers. This is still true of a majority of landowners, but Ohioans have won federal and local court victories against compulsory lawnmowing. * Alice Herrington, deceased president of Friends of Animals: re her unmowed acreage: 'the bunnies like it'. * Femka R: Our Serbian trees were burned in bombing by the US government. * 4 of the 52 items were inspired by American Green, a book by Ted Steinberg, Cleveland environmental historian said (re the American obsession with a crewcut layer of monotypic chipped blue grass) "Long Island or Lawn Guyland as it is sometimes called."

(While scythes too can kill toads and butterflies and sapling trees, they don't kill as many as machine harvesters) The Scythe Book: Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and Harvesting Small Grains, With Hand Tools (Paperback) by David Tresemer

* Edward G Bulwer-Lytton:

"Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem." * Stephen King in The Lawn Mower Man:

"The neighbor's dog chased the cat under the mower... they cleaned off the blades. Harold decied to get rid of the mower."

.... "the mower spat out the mole.. in a series of entrails"

"The lawnmower was tearing through the unfortunate grass like an avenging devil from hell." * ------ Walt Whitman: We are the journeywork of the stars, no less than the leaves of grass."

Seth Godin: The reason for a lawn? To demonstrate wastefulness. A lawn tells your neighbors you can afford to waste land, waste water and have a team of servants to keep it all pretty.. 17 billion a year business * Frank Hyman: 1 "Aside from the costs, some folks have more of an aesthetic opposition to lawns. They consider them boring." 2 "I come here not to bury the American lawn, but to shrink it."

* Cyberspace Anon:

Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away? ***

Robert Frost has several poems on not mowing:


I went to turn the grass once after one Who mowed it in the dew before the sun. The dew was gone that made his blade so keen Before I came to view the levelled scene. I looked for him behind an isle of trees; I listened for his whetstone on the breeze. But he had gone his way, the grass all mown, And I must be, as he had been -- alone, 'As all must be,' I said within my heart, 'Whether they work together or apart.' But as I said it, swift there passed me by On noiseless wing a bewildered butterfly, Seeking with memories grown dim o'er night Some resting flower of yesterday's delight. And once I marked his flight go round and round, As where some flower lay withering on the ground. And then he flew as far as eye could see, And then on tremulous wing came back to me. I thought of questions that have no reply, And would have turned to toss the grass to dry; But he turned first, and led my eye to look At a tall tuft of flowers beside a brook, A leaping tongue of bloom the scythe had spared Beside a reedy brook the scythe had bared. The mower in the dew had loved them thus, By leaving them to flourish, not for us, Nor yet to draw one thought of ours to him. But from sheer morning gladness at the brim. The butterfly and I had lit upon, Nevertheless, a message from the dawn, That made me hear the wakening birds around, And hear his long scythe whispering to the ground, And feel a spirit kindred to my own, So that henceforth I worked no more alone; But glad with him, I worked as with his aid, And weary, sought at noon with him the shade; And dreaming, as it were, held brotherly speech With one whose thought I had not hoped to reach. 'Men work together,' I told him from the heart, 'Whether they work together or apart.'

(The Tuft Of Flowers was included in a 1929 collection of the world's most famous poems)

WEST-RUNNING BROOK 'Fred, where is north?' 'North? North is there, my love. The brook runs west.' 'West-running Brook then call it.' (West-Running Brook men call it to this day.) 'What does it think k's doing running west When all the other country brooks flow east To reach the ocean? It must be the brook Can trust itself to go by contraries The way I can with you -- and you with me -- Because we're -- we're -- I don't know what we are. What are we?' 'Young or new?' 'We must be something. We've said we two. Let's change that to we three. As you and I are married to each other, We'll both be married to the brook. We'll build Our bridge across it, and the bridge shall be Our arm thrown over it asleep beside it. Look, look, it's waving to us with a wave To let us know it hears me.' ' 'Why, my dear, That wave's been standing off this jut of shore --' (The black stream, catching a sunken rock, Flung backward on itself in one white wave, And the white water rode the black forever, Not gaining but not losing, like a bird White feathers from the struggle of whose breast Flecked the dark stream and flecked the darker pool Below the point, and were at last driven wrinkled In a white scarf against the far shore alders.) 'That wave's been standing off this jut of shore Ever since rivers, I was going to say,' Were made in heaven. It wasn't waved to us.' 'It wasn't, yet it was. If not to you It was to me -- in an annunciation.' 'Oh, if you take it off to lady-land, As't were the country of the Amazons We men must see you to the confines of And leave you there, ourselves forbid to enter,- It is your brook! I have no more to say.' 'Yes, you have, too. Go on. You thought of something.' 'Speaking of contraries, see how the brook In that white wave runs counter to itself. It is from that in water we were from Long, long before we were from any creature. Here we, in our impatience of the steps, Get back to the beginning of beginnings, The stream of everything that runs away. Some say existence like a Pirouot And Pirouette, forever in one place, Stands still and dances, but it runs away, It seriously, sadly, runs away To fill the abyss' void with emptiness. It flows beside us in this water brook, But it flows over us. It flows between us To separate us for a panic moment. It flows between us, over us, and with us. And it is time, strength, tone, light, life and love- And even substance lapsing unsubstantial; The universal cataract of death That spends to nothingness -- and unresisted, Save by some strange resistance in itself, Not just a swerving, but a throwing back, As if regret were in it and were sacred. It has this throwing backward on itself So that the fall of most of it is always Raising a little, sending up a little. Our life runs down in sending up the clock. The brook runs down in sending up our life. The sun runs down in sending up the brook. And there is something sending up the sun. It is this backward motion toward the source, Against the stream, that most we see ourselves in, The tribute of the current to the source. It is from this in nature we are from. It is most us.' 'To-day will be the day....You said so.' 'No, to-day will be the day You said the brook was called West-running Brook.' 'To-day will be the day of what we both said.'

Re "Wild violet a very persistent weed in lawns"

they scotch these purple fragilities with thoughtless facility ************

It is because animals like sheep and cows who graze and are then slaughtered have created clipped green that animal enslaving countries find mown areas esthetically pleasing

The state of Florida spends $30 million a year mowing medians and right of ways along highways," he said. "Wouldn't it be nice if we had something out here beside mowed grass? Why not turn them into water retention areas or at the very least natural vegetation that does not need mowing? I'm actually working on that one." a Floridian politician working on cutting spending

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(Senator Evan Bayh's senator father Birch Bayh was one of untold millions injured by a lawnmower)

Thursday, May 18, 2006 Lawn Dialogue


Imagine the conversation The Creator might have had with St. Francis on the subject of lawns:

God: Hey St. Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there in the Midwest? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect "no maintenance" garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

St. Francis: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

God: Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

St. Francis: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. The begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

God: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

St. Francis: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it... sometimes twice a week.

God: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

St. Francis: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

God: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

St. Francis: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

God: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

St. Francis: Yes, Sir.

God: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

St. Francis: You are not going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

God: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.

St. Francis: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

God: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

St. Francis: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. The haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

God: And where do they get this mulch?

St. Francis: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

God: Enough. I don't want to think about this anymore. Sister Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

Sister Catherine: "Dumb and Dumber", Lord. It's a real stupid movie about.....

God: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

Reprinted by permission of El Ojo Del Lago News Guadalajara, Mexico

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1 posted on 07/25/2006 6:58:46 AM PDT by fruitarian108
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To: fruitarian108

I'm dizzy.

2 posted on 07/25/2006 7:00:21 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.")
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To: fruitarian108

Are you a fruitarian, or just a fruit?

Plant rights? LOLOL

3 posted on 07/25/2006 7:00:41 AM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: fruitarian108

OK this is just plain funny and that's just the first sentence.

4 posted on 07/25/2006 7:00:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: fruitarian108

I'd like to put Ron Howard through a woodchipper.

5 posted on 07/25/2006 7:01:43 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: dighton; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim


6 posted on 07/25/2006 7:01:59 AM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: Petronski

Chandra Bose was knighted by Queen Victoria for demonstrating
plant rights in laboratories with a machine he had
invented. A green thumb is a phrase describing those
who feel plants.

8 posted on 07/25/2006 7:02:22 AM PDT by fruitarian108
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To: fruitarian108

This is a parody, isn't it? Hysterical!

9 posted on 07/25/2006 7:02:38 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I've always wanted to be 40 ... it's as good as I anticipated!)
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To: Petronski
Kneel before Ka Rot, puny fleshbeings.

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10 posted on 07/25/2006 7:02:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: fruitarian108

Plants have no rights. Chandra and the Queen were wrong. You live under powerlines as a kid?

11 posted on 07/25/2006 7:03:21 AM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: yoogli semantics

God, the creator of all true masters, has designed
grass to grow into meadows, then thickets and then forests.

As we have no right to slay human beings, we have no
right to decapitate clovers.

12 posted on 07/25/2006 7:03:30 AM PDT by fruitarian108
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To: yoogli semantics

The hard part is controlling the ammount of water that falls from the sky.

13 posted on 07/25/2006 7:04:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: fruitarian108
God, the creator of all mechanical engineers, has designed the Lawnboy, to slay clovers en masse.

Mass clovicide is His way!

14 posted on 07/25/2006 7:05:01 AM PDT by Petronski (Living His life abundantly.)
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To: fruitarian108

One really, really good reason to keep mowing that outweighs all of the reasons to stop: Being able to see poisonous snakes before you step on them.

15 posted on 07/25/2006 7:05:12 AM PDT by MortMan (There are 10 kinds of people in the world... Those that understand binary and those that don't!)
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To: johnny7

Dear Johnny, Perhaps there's a job for you at a San Diego
factory farm where workers were arrested for putting
baby chicks into a chipper

16 posted on 07/25/2006 7:05:41 AM PDT by fruitarian108
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To: ItsOurTimeNow; fruitarian108

Nothing really wrong with this stuff as long as it is voluntary.

I wouldn't outright disagree with doing any of these things and obviously everyone wants clean air, clean water and stable climate. Just don't make it law.

17 posted on 07/25/2006 7:05:48 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength)
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To: fruitarian108
I think you just want to rationalize your foot high grass.

The neighbors are probably pretty ticked at you.

18 posted on 07/25/2006 7:06:07 AM PDT by toast
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To: Petronski
Mass clovicide is his hay.
19 posted on 07/25/2006 7:06:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: MortMan

Dear MM,

The Saint of Shirdi said: Never harm a snake or a scorpion.
He will harm you only if ordered to do so by God. If so
ordered there is nothing you can do about it.

20 posted on 07/25/2006 7:06:33 AM PDT by fruitarian108
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