Myth: Monarchs and GMO Foods Are Unrelated

Why North America Is Losing in the Monarch Games Wanna talk Olympic pursuits? Every fall, monarch butterflies in eastern North America embark on an epic journey. Putting in 50-100 miles a day, they travel up to 3,000 miles from the U.S. and Canada to the fir forests of Mexico’s Neovolcanic Mountains, where they settle in … Read more

Grass Clipping Disposal: Does Leaving Grass Clippings on the Lawn Cause Thatch?

How To Dispose of Grass Clippings – the Options How can you dispose of grass clippings? There are several options, depending on where your live. In many places in the U.S., you can still toss your grass clippings in your regular trash bin, to be hauled off the the landfill. For many reasons, this is … Read more

plant/garden science + tips

In or out of the garden, plants rule. They give us all food, clean air, intrigue, shelter, medicine, and more—all while looking good (or at least interesting…) on top of it. Find out why by entering the wide and wonderful world of EcoMyths-approved plant science… seed science + tips hot seed science Making the Case … Read more

MiniMyth: Herbal Remedies Are Alternative Medicine

Do Herbal Remedies Count as Real Medicine? —by Jessica B. Turner and Daisy Simmons You don’t have to travel back in time to leech-sucking days to see that all claims for medicinal value were not created equal. Today, miracle cures are everywhere—including, sometimes, the natural products aisle. Unfortunately, because they’re not regulated as drugs by … Read more

Global Warming’s Not-So-Hot Impact on Trees

How will climate change impact trees? Scientists are exploring the possibility as we speak. (D. Simmons) Trees help make us cool in the face of global warming*. But, sturdy and steadfast as they may be, some species are showing vulnerability in our increasingly warming world. “The effects of climate change on trees will be complex,” … Read more

Myth: Chopping Down Trees Is the Only Way to Stop Emerald Ash Borers

For Richer or Borer: Does Loving Ash Trees Mean Cutting Them Down? Miss seeing a few of your favorite trees around town? You can shake your fist at a tiny, most unwelcome guest: the emerald ash borer. This invasive wood boring beetle has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S., and is … Read more

Trees: They’re What’s for Dinner

Information provided by CZS/Brookfield Zoo, an EcoMyths Alliance Partner. If you’re an animal at CZS/Brookfield Zoo, trees might be what you eat for dinner. More specifically, “browse” is the name for the trimmings taken from about 800,000 to one million trees—and that’s just a small percentage of the approximately 9,000 miles of trees ComEd prunes … Read more