Soil is the essential structure on which most plant life depends, but excess tilling, monoculture crops, and use of artificial chemicals in agriculture all cause a loss of soil.
September 2015: Links to new findings and reports on synthetic turf: Grass not cheaper on the artificial side | Clay Center Dispatch (8 September 2014) Also see: University of Missouri: Synthetic turfgrass costs far exceed natural grass playing fields Yale … more
Following are the principal sources we used to prepare these pages. Reports, Fact Sheets, & Scientific Studies David R. Brown. Artificial Turf. Environment & Human Health (2007). Phyllis Swebilius. More studies needed on artificial turf fields, EPA says. New Haven … more
In addition to the health & safety concerns for athletes, synthetic turf raises environmental concerns: Both the grass and the infill are made from toxic products and are not biodegradable; and The infill material releases harmful gases and particles that are … more
The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Times and Morning Call reporting that almost all of our high schools already have synthetic turf fields (also known as artificial turf) — as do most colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley. The … more
PennEast is a high-volume, high-pressure pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the fracking fields of northern PA through the Lehigh Valley and on to markets in other areas [perhaps overseas]. As with any major construction project, impacts on natural resources … more
The following is the executive summary from Rodale Institute’s white paper titled ‘Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming’: We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes … more
References [updated December 2014] [Citations that include a filename (ending in .pdf) indicate that we have the PDF of that study – contact Peter Crownfield for more information] Altieri, M. “Enhanced Pest Management Through Soil Health: Toward a Belowground Habitat Management … more