Nelson Institute Dean Robbins featured in Consumer Reports

Consumer ReportsNelson Institute Dean, Paul Robbins’ research was recently featured in the Consumer Reports article, “A Lush Lawn Without Pesticides.” The article outlines the potential environmental and health risks of lawn care products, particularly those that contain the weed killer, 2,4-­dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). The article utilizes information from Robbins’ book, Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are, which includes an investigation into the ecological, economic, and social context that drives lawn care in the United States. In addition to leading national studies of consumer chemical risk behavior, Robbins research also addresses conservation conflicts, urban ecology, and environment and health interactions. Read more.