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Astroturf Vs. Grass: Discuss

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As Astroturf continues to multiply across the nation's landscape, the city's Synthetic Fields Task Force— yes, your tax dollars support a Synthetic Fields Task Force— is studying whether it should install artificial turf on a bunch of the city's playgrounds. Even though the fake stuff can cost four times as grass fields, proponents cite water and energy savings as clear advantages. At a recent task force meeting, a local resident likened Astroturf replacement to "the demonization of green fields," equating synthetic turf makers with tobacco industry titans. Said resident is obviously not a baseball fan, either. [SFGate]