Weeds – Synthetic Chemicals vs. Organic Solutions

28 June 2014 Idea of the day “Giving up on a goal because of a setback is like slashing your other three tires when one goes flat.” Unknown

You may have read my recent story about the problems caused in a local Tampa residential community when the wrong weed killer was used too close to oaks and has killed about fifteen of them at great expense.

Whatever happened to hoeing and pulling weeds up like we did when I was a kid? That works without damaging living trees and plants.

I had a customer that called me out because half of his beloved oak tree canopy in his front yard was going brown. After some sleuthing work, we found out his neighbor was spraying his own entire front lawn with Round Up (the world’s most “popular” weed killer) to kill all his grass so he could park cars there. My client’s oak had roots that extended to that lawn, were picking up the poisonous glyphosate (Round Up) and it was killing that half of his tree.

It is unfortunately becoming more and more common that our world is becoming over-chemicalized. Of course these products are pushed relentlessly by the large chemical corporations. It’s so “easy” to just spray and think you are getting rid of weeds – but that’s a very, very short-sighted evaluation without looking at all the repercussions into the future. New research from the University of Iowa is showing that glyphosate-resistant weeds are developing in huge numbers and now agriculture is facing more weeds than ever before. How is that a workable product?

Farmers worldwide (except Europe) are pressured worldwide by companies like Monsanto to keep using more and more artificial solutions which create more and more real problems. One recent article described the supposedly helpful effort to introduce GMO foods into Africa as “genetically modified crops and toxic agrochemicals aimed at making poor farmers debt slaves to corporations, while destroying the ecosphere for profit.” The stories supporting this interpretation are all over the web.

Glyphosate has been linked to over 30 adverse health effects including showing up in US mothers’ breast milk 10 times that of European mothers (where GMO produce and glysophate are banned). For examples for all the adverse effects glyphosate is generating on the planet, see http://www.greenmedinfo.com/search/gmi/glyphosate.

In fact other researchers are showing that although glyphosate doesn’t get picked up by human skin cells, it is showing up stored in GMO foods and is being picked up by intestinal bacteria. Pregnant mothers are then transferring the glyphosate to their children. Is it a coincidence that the fast accelerating graph of autism in newborn boys (which was once 1 in 250 and now is 1 in 70 or less!) exactly matches the fast accelerating graph of glyphosate use?

A first step might be to stop eating the GMO crops most often sprayed with glyphosate and atrazine, another popular toxic weed killer. This means soybeans, corn, rice, wheat and sugar cane – none of which are very good for you anyway. You can eat organic foods to further help offset this, but even this food source is threatened by the glyphosate which has gotten into the water aquifer which then gets into the irrigation supply of organic farms.

Glyphosate’s degradation byproduct AMPA has recently been shown in research reported in Chemisphere to be 1000 times more toxic to cells than glyphosate alone.

Glyphosate is so resistant to biodegradation that it is even showing up in seawater around coral reefs and looks to be at least partly responsible for the huge decline in coral reefs like the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its coral cover since 1985!

In farming and around trees, the best solution is to QUIT using these destructive chemicals and learn to handle weeds naturally. The best booklet on this I’ve seen can be gotten here


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