This week’s do now focused on the pros and cons of installing and using turf vs. the natural turf, aka lawn. KQED emphasized new data that supported how the materials used to make turf contained harmful chemicals that can lead to cancer. Although these risks should be taken into consideration, KQED also mentioned that the alternative of having grass would require higher maintenance and potentially cause more injuries, something we do not need more of on a football or soccer field. With this dilemma, KQED proposed the question “Should We Install Fields of Artificial or Natural Turf?”
Although scientists have found that turf contains harmful chemicals, I think we should continue using artificial turf, but find a different material to make it. Not only does installing a lawn dramatically increase the use of water to keep the grass fresh, but natural turf is known to have a more slippery surface that can lead to more injuries. Another con when using natural turf is the maintenance. Natural turf will constantly have to be mowed and watered, thus increasing the costs of fields that are used year round.
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With turf being used for over 40 years, scientists should be able to create a similar material that is both less harmful and more effective. For that reason, I think artificial turf should continue to be used as its pros outweigh the cons.