Lawns are ubiquitous in the United States. According to a 2015 NASA study, they take up three times as much space as the next largest irrigated crop: corn!
These familiar patches of green require 9 billion gallons of water per day. Additionally, they need approximately 90 million pounds of fertilizers and 75 million pounds of pesticides per year. Lastly, don’t forget the lawnmowers that maintain them largely use gas and emit pollutants!
All for a crop we can’t eat.
A growing group of people and businesses are trying to change that. For over a decade, “un-lawning,” or the act of turning sterile lawns into fertile, edible landscapes, has been gaining popularity in the United States.
This piece by Civil Eats spotlights Urban Plantations, along with a many other pioneers in the good food fight that continues to serge onward! Read the full article here and more on Civil Eats’ website!