What is it like living right next to crop lands?
October 3, 2011 7:17 AM Subscribe
Have you ever lived right up against crop land? How much did the crop dusting and spraying affect you?
posted by HotToddy to home & garden (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We are considering buying a house that is smack in the middle of an ocean of crop land in eastern Washington. The crops are typically wheat, peas, and lentils, and they are subjected to crop dusting and sprays from truck-mounted chemical tanks.
I'm your classic organic-foods-buying, nontoxic-cleaning-products-using type of person. I also have an autoimmune condition that affects my respiratory system to a certain extent. Everyone I've asked around here says the spraying is no big deal, but I think they tend to be more of the mindset of "this is what farming families have done forever, you just seal up the house until it's over" and not particularly concerned with the health effects of having these chemicals drift over the lawn where your dogs play, etc. I absolutely adore this house and want it to be okay, but on the other hand, if it's not, I want to know now, as it's not so easy to unload a house around here.
So, please tell me of your experiences living very close to crop land. I'm interested in any aspect of it that you care to talk about. Thank you.