Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Roundup Weedkiller Now a Probable Human Carcinogen

For years, chemical reps assured farmers that Roundup was safe and “biodegradable.” Farmers now spray more than 185 million pounds of glyphosate—the active ingredient in Roundup—on U.S. food crops. It’s also the most popular weedkiller used in yards, gardens, parks, and playgrounds all across America.

The problem with all of this? The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer just reviewed the latest non-industry-funded science and concluded that glyphosate must be labeled a “probable human carcinogen.” Specifically, exposure to the chemical is linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Farmers use so much glyphosate that it’s been detected in the air, rain, our food, and yes, even us. In a separate study just released, New Zealand researchers found that Roundup actually has the ability to change pathogenic bacteria in a way that makes important antibiotics less likely to work when they cause infections.  Read the entire article.

How about a simple, non-toxic way to kill weeds? 

Here's a few other ideas:

Using Salt to Kill Weeds 
Gardening With Vinegar
Using Sugar to Kill Weeds in Lawn
Using Cornmeal to Kill Weeds and Ants

Editor's Note: I have used table salt purchases in 25 lb. bags for areas where we don't want things to grow (under the gravel in the driveway mainly), and it works! If there's not nearby vegetation to creep in, it's lasted for three years. Down by the street in the easement area, the weeds are quicker to grow into the graveled driveway, so it only lasts a year there.

We have also used vinegar in a garden sprayer which was much quicker than sprinkling salt and then adding water to it.  You could enjoy a nice time in the rain if you put the salt down while the rain could water it in, but my husband likes the idea of putting it in a "tool" and spraying.  He adds a few drops of Sunshine Concentrate since soap was recommended in one recipe to help the vinegar stick to the plants and roots until it dies off in a few days.

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