Marijuana and Sustainability: How Green is Marijuana?
Marijuana growing has recently gotten some bad press lately as drug cartels have extensive environmentally degrading (and stealing nutrients) marijuana grows on federal land (parks). http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-pot-raid-20110731,0,345889.story The operation also confiscated fertilizers, chemical pesticides and rat poison. With the aid of the U.S. Forest Service, 23 tons of trash and 22 miles of irrigation pipe were removed; 13 man-made dams remain to be dismantled.
“460,000 marijuana plants in and near the Mendocino National Forest are destroyed. The proliferation of such growing operations is destroying ecosystems and scaring hikers away, an official says.”