It shocks me to hear that people are still using Roundup as their weedkiller of choice.
I did assume that the information regarding the harmful effects of Roundup were more commonly known. But this seems not to be the case.
What makes it worse, is the product continues to be sold in Australia to those obviously unaware of the risks.
To provide you with a bit of background...
"Roundup (glyphosate) is a Bayer herbicide used by farmers, gardeners, maintenance workers, agricultural workers, and many others as an all-purpose weed killer. Since Roundup first entered the market in the 1970s, Bayer has denied claims that Roundup causes cancer, insisting that Roundup is safe."
"In March of 2015, IARC surveyed the published research on Roundup cancer links and concluded the blockbuster herbicide is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The cancer agency further concluded that the cancer most associated with exposure to glyphosate is non-Hodgkin lymphoma."
"Studies show that exposure to Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, can cause DNA damage and DNA strand breaks, an important precursor to cancer. IARC specifically assessed the genotoxicity of Roundup (the property of chemical agents that damages the genetic information within a cell causing mutations, which may lead to cancer) and concluded that “[t]here is strong evidence that glyphosate causes genotoxicity.”
"Roundup exposure can also induce oxidative stress, which is thought to be involved in the development of numerous conditions, including cancer, autism, and Parkinson’s disease. In addition to DNA damage and oxidative stress, some scientists have suggested Roundup exposure can lead to a chronic inflammatory state in the gut, as well as an impaired gut barrier, which can increase the risk of cancer."
Credit: Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman Trial Lawyers
"Last month, a California couple was awarded A$2.8 billion after a jury found their non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by decades of exposure to Roundup.
But despite several successive US court victories, Australian regulators have not accepted that such connections between the product and cancer exist.
The first Australian lawsuit instigated in 2018 by a former groundskeeper will have to persuade a judge that glyphosate is responsible for causing cancer and Bayer should be held liable.
“The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority considered the evidence presented in the groundskeeper case and found no grounds to take regulatory action in Australia,” the regulator announced in October 2018, following publicity about the ground-breaking decision in the US."
Credit: Sydney Morning Herald.
SO WHATS THE ALTERNATIVE?
So after reading the reports of the results of glyphosate and its links to cancer, what are our options?
One product now readily available is Slasher Organic Weedkiller which I have found to be brilliant. Apart from an oily scent that seems to linger for a few hours, it kills weeds more quickly than any other product I have used.
It is even registered for use on organic farms and gardens.
The active ingredients is a nonanoic acid, also known as pelargonic acid and is derived from plant oils. Harmless and organic.
So please... do you and your loved ones a favour and purchase Slasher instead of Roundup or any glyphosate base weedkiller.
For more information, visit https://ecoorganicgarden.com.au/products/weedkiller/slasher/