In the past, nobody would have thought to question the safety of Roundup – a herbicide used to eliminate weeds. This chemical was (and still is) used widely by farmers, homeowners wanting to maintain nice looking lawns, and even ecology students when clearing weeds from their study plots.
Today, the term “safe” is not used when referring to Roundup. It has taken a negative turn and it’s important for everyone to educate themselves, their family, and their friends about the dangers this herbicide exposes.
What Threats Does This Herbicide Pose?
The question, “Does Roundup cause cancer?” continues to be asked even today. There is so much confusion because Monsanto swore that their product was safe for use only to find out later this was not the case. There have been many independent studies conducted by scientists that link this herbicide to cancer.
The active ingredient within this product is glyphosate. Glyphosate has been used for decades among farmers to kill unwanted vegetation. Today, this molecule is linked to many diseases including cancer, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, celiac disease, or multiple myeloma.
Users of Roundup are more likely to develop these diseases which is why it’s so important to understand the dangers of this product. The best way to combat Roundup is to stop immediate use if you’re using and let those around you know about the dangers.
The Makers of Roundup
You may be asking yourself, who would continue to make a product deemed unsafe and try to convince the public that it was safe for use? The makers of this chemical are Monsanto. Perhaps it’s because of the billions of dollars they were profiting that they continued to market their product as being “safer than table salt”.
Whatever their reasoning, stating that it’s nontoxic to humans when that clearly was not the case rose up serious debates. They were contributors to deadly marketing, involved in scientific fraud, and many of these scientists served jail time when the truth came out. It turns out they were falsifying toxicity test results to sell as many products as possible.
Is There A Safe Alternative?
Even though lots of people are now aware of the dangers of Roundup it continues to be used around the world. Perhaps it’s because they’re unaware of the alternatives available to them. It may also be their flawed belief that something so bad could not happen to them.
Farmers and gardeners could instead use any of the following:
- Herbicidal soaps
- Electric shock weed control
- Natural solutions that contain high percentages of vinegar
- Mulch landscaping
- Essential oils like peppermint, citronella, clove, or phone
There are safer ways to take care of farms and gardens that don’t involve putting your health at risk with Roundup. When utilizing an alternative be sure to practice good habits. Work towards improving overall soil health and irrigation.
The Benefits Of Alternatives
There are so many great perks of using an alternative to Roundup. For instance, you will promote public health safety. Spreading the word with friends and family will keep them safe from the toxic nature this herbicide brings.
Moreover, you want to avoid lawsuits as this product has been deemed dangerous. Without it, you will also improve water quality, landscaping, soil, and water retention. There are so many benefits that go beyond the expense of farmers or gardeners’ lives.
We hope this short post has been informational if you did not already know about the risk this product poses. We’d love to hear your feedback if you or someone you know has used it in the past. What are your thoughts?