I was out in the yard preparing my flower garden when my brother showed up..he always has a large supply of Roundup and I asked if I might get some from him. He said that I could but its not good.
Turns out all this stuff is wrong with it. I don't know so I am asking any of you if you know of this? Knowing that Monsanto creates it I suppose he is correct knowing all the trouble they've caused farmers recently and trying to get seeds taken out of our hands. Is there a better way simple more natural to get rid of weeds? Do you just use landscape fabric? pull the weeds? or do you use some type of chemical? or vinager and water combination? I need help I don't have many options and YES I know using any chemical is bad...but there are so many! (sigh)
This is the article he talked about:
The known effects of RoundupThe negative effects of Monsanto's Roundup on human health and the environment have been firmly established by numerous scientific studies and large-scale investigations, with scientists even linking the best-selling herbicide to conditions like infertility and cancer due to its genotoxic (DNA damaging) nature. Amazingly, even when diluted by 99.8 percent (450-fold lower dilutions than used in agricultural applications), Roundup still exhibits serious genotoxic characteristics and is harmful to the integrity of human DNA. Meanwhile, this carcinogenic herbicide product is used nationwide by unsuspecting homeowners and agricultural workers. According to the United States Geological Survey, 176 million lbs of glyphosate were used in the U.S. in 2007.
Outside of the public health realm, Roundup's startling environmental havoc is perhaps an even greater cause for concern. Despite being created to fend off weeds, Roundup is actually spawning resistant superweeds across millions of hectares (one hectare is 10,000 square metres), bankrupting farmers and destroying crop land. These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 million hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010. The onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.
The research is clear: Roundup is not only harming human health and damaging farmland, it is threatening the very biosphere itself by destroying microbial biodiversity, with the future agricultural stability of the planet, i.e. the ability to produce food through monoculturing, at serious risk of collapsing.
Mar 28, 2012 | 3:41 PM PST
Okay, here's our opinion. We don't use it on anything that would ever be consumed. As a matter of fact it is the only way to really kill all the grass we plan to replace. After 30 days new plants can be put in.
Our daughter Teri, who is not only a for real 'tree hugger', but very vegetarian. She does not use a lot of pesticides, but she will use Roundup.
I usually begin to pull out weeds right after it rains or soak the area well. It's really the best way to get the roots out too.
I don't really like weed cloth, fungus can form underneath. We use plain old newspapers, it breaks down and a good ground cover or mulch will keep the weeds down.
It takes a while to get them under control, but we have less to deal with each year.
Mar 28, 2012 | 3:46 PM PST
I don't use chemicals that are made for large acreage commercial farms. I don't use chemicals to control weeds. Rake out the weeds in the spring and use mulch to control the regrowth. Old news paper laid down first and covered with any choice of mulch does a good job.
Mar 28, 2012 | 8:55 PM PST
I too ,like the organic way. But, some times you need something stronger for a big area. The one thing good about roundup, is , it disperses as soon as it hits the soil. Most chemicals are over used or misused, which contaminates our soil and enviroment.
I agree,pulling the the weeds is a better choice. After you get your area clear of weeds, you can use a pre emergant like Crabegrass control or Preen. Crabgrass control, will keep all weed seeds fron germinantig (used on lawns only). Preen, also, will keep all weed seeds from germinantig. Can be used on flowers and vegetables.
Mar 29, 2012 | 11:27 AM PST
Thank you all useful information *as usual I'd rather not use chemical but Round up always did a good job plus I was told it only killed the plant did nothing to the dirt..now in retrospect..I guess thats near impossible..then after using you wait at least a couple of rain storms before planting.