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The perfect lawn is the American dream. Lawn quality grass is now the largest crop in North America. It was not always the case, as the concept of the lawn originated with the British aristocracy. The aesthetic of the lawn took off simultaneously in North America when the game of golf became widespread. The perfect lawn has become a status symbol and a source of peer pressure and competition between homeowners. But it has also imprinted on the minds of western society a sense of safety and security - a place where one's home is. All this comes at a hefty cost: in money, in time, in loss of plant biodiversity, in the use of environmentally unfriendly lawn maintenance equipment such as gasoline powered mowers, in the overuse of chemicals many of those being heavily toxic to the ecology, and in the abundance of precious water required, a problem especially in the water depleted sun-belt. It is also a big industry in such areas as genetic engineering, as lawn grasses are not native ...

Episode credited cast:
David Suzuki David Suzuki - Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Dalziel Barbara Dalziel - Herself
Doe Emes Doe Emes - Herself
Cyril Reed Funk Cyril Reed Funk - Himself
Michel Gaudet Michel Gaudet - Himself
David R. Huff David R. Huff - Himself
Virginia Scott Jenkins Virginia Scott Jenkins - Herself
Bruce Kaufman Bruce Kaufman - Himself
David Mellor David Mellor - Himself
Layne Rosequist Layne Rosequist - Himself
Daphne Rus Daphne Rus - Herself
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