Falling down. Getting up.



It’s that time of year again, dandelion season. This is the time of year for those who don’t poison their lawns to kill all vegetation except the one introduced, non-native, invasive species of grass deemed worthy of life, to feel the antipathy of neighbors and passers-by. Among America’s most massed induced social constructs is our dislike of dandelions or, put another way, a love of mono-culture lawns. America has 31 million acres of lawns which receive more fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide than any type of agricultural land in the country. In a nation that increasingly demands foods that are free of genetic engineering, chemical additives, and are as pure and organic as possible, we dump on our lawns billions of pounds of the very substances we are trying to avoid. That’s the power of a social construct.

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