The easiest way to get rid of the weed killer, Roundup, is to stop using it. The second easiest way is to have it banned, which is apparently not so easy because it’s made by Monsanto, one of the companies that produced Agent Orange (a defoliant used in the Vietnam War). Up until this point, Monsanto’s Roundup has seen an unfettered reign in the weed killing department, despite claims that it is harmful to humans, animals, and any other living creation other than grass.
Now, for the first time, Fresno California is adding Roundup to a list of potentially cancerous materials. For years, the weed killer has miraculously avoided warning labels. According to DailyMail.com, Roundup is currently used on 250 types of crops in the state. Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, is said to be a cancer causing agent. There is an embroiled battle at this moment, which is to be expected – big industry vs. the health of a nation.
According to CNN, “a group of cancer researchers reported (PDF) that glyphosate, the key ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup, is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans‘ (PDF). CNN also states that there are more than 800 people currently suing Monsanto over Roundup, many who claim that they developed cancer do to the use of the weed killer.
And while other products use glyphosate, apparently Roundup also contains a mix of other ingredients that increases the carcinogenicity of the product, according to the same reports.
Earlier this year, the European Chemical Agency (Echa) declared that gylphosate was safe to use by the public. In this article by The Guardian, there seems to be a lot of conflicting controversy surrounding that decision.
Although the verdict is still “out”, why take the risk that Roundup is OK to use around your house, garden, family and pets? Monstanto has more money than God, and will fight labeling while conducting its own research at the same time, thus constantly tilting the scales.
At the end of the day, wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry, and deal with weeds the old fashioned way by simply pulling them? Anything that you spray in your yard that is toxic to plants can’t be good for you, no matter how you look at it.
Reading up on Roundup may be the best thing to do before formulating your own opinion. There’s some pretty scary stuff out there, including this interesting tidbit from TheHeartySoul.com:
The chemical [glyphosate] is so pervasive that tests by the Organic Consumers Association found 93 percent of Americans have glyphosate in their urine.1 By comparison, no glyphosate was detected in tap water, which means the chemical is being ingested through food products. It is in fact, the most heavily used weed killer in history.