I don't blame Begley for this omission – he had to make a compelling case in 200 words or so. So his contribution to Twelve Things the World Should Toss Out in the Washington Post is to boast about having ripped out his lawn and replaced it with California natives. But some of the space went to a veg garden, and some of it, as we posted here, went to synthetic turf.
Begley's never hidden the facts and he sounds really normal and human when this whole, more complex picture is given – the wife wanted some grass and there in SoCal, synthetic may be a more responsible choice than the real stuff. I bet that story is more helpful and motivating to readers than the black-and-white conversion presented in the Post, though I'm happy he was able to at least raise the issue.
Here's the full list – and it's a good one. They're calling for other ideas and I may have to suggest something else we might toss out – the notion that we can afford to finance putting ourselves on other planets. At least until we've funded health care and transitioned off fossil fuels.