The Watery Price Of Golf Courses & Lawns

From PBS Terra.

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Step into the world of manicured lawns and desert golf courses to discover the surprising reality behind turf grass: America’s most resource-intensive plant, yet one of its least productive crops. Shane Campbell-Staton, host of Human Footprint, visits Palm Springs and examines the environmental impact of our fixation on lawns, which historically symbolized as power and status.

This episode also examines Palm Springs’ golf courses, beautiful but thirsty artificial oases, and the impressive engineering needed to keep their lush greens, well, lush and green. Grass may be all around us, but the cultural and resource costs might be more than you’ve ever realized. Let’s tee off and take a look at the real cost of that perfect green lawn. Fore!

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