There is a popular herbicide called Weed Be Gone. A catchy name that pretty much sums up most gardeners thoughts regarding weeds. We would like them gone. There’s an even more popular product, roundup. I see people with back pack sprayers applying a spray of liquid on grass and weeds often. I’m pretty sure its roundup they’re using. It’s so well known my spell checker doesn’t even bat an eyelash when I type the word. These products are easy to use. Mix with water and spray. Worry free?
Every time I’m tempted to use one of these products I read the caution label again and always put it back. I don’t like the idea of a chemical that might make me sick, blind, dead. A product where a hazmat suit and a gas mask would be a reasonable precaution. I know I’m exaggerating with these two products but some over the counter herbicides are really scary. I know a gardener who regularly uses crossbow and other systemic herbicides. She likes the results, but I always think at what cost.
Today I was digging unwanted plants out of my path and it crossed my mind how much faster it would be to just spray them and have them die in a day or two. It would be easier. Lots of years ago I decided that I would rather be slow, probably not get all weeds out before they seed, and sleep better at night. I know I can’t hurt myself or the environment with a hand spade. Well, maybe a blister or two from the handle rubbing my palm. I’ll take the blister, it will heal in a few days. I’m not so sure about how the earth heals with so much herbicide being sprayed around.
Monsanto developed roundup along with a host of other horrific chemicals. Agent orange and rBST to name two. These are frightening products. Agent Orange is gone but the US still has not banded rBST. A quick look on the internet will bring up 100,000’s of sites discussing the evils of Monsanto. What most people do not know is how Monsanto is manipulating the production of seeds. Here is a short clip from one website:
Monsanto Documentary Reveals EvilThe liberties people are taking with the food supply and with their bodies make the natural world seem like a fleeting memory. But a new documentary has emerged shining some light on the evils of Monsanto, the GM food king. Under the plausible guise of eradicating world hunger with genetically modified seeds resistant to Round-Up, a best-selling herbicide it also developed, Monsanto has launched an insidious campaign to achieve worldwide market supremacy, regardless of the social cost to small farmers and rural economies. It’s all laid out in previously classified documents, and confirmed by scientists, politicians and victims. What the evidence suggests is that Monsanto has long waged a dirty war of pressure campaigns, corruption, collusion with government and prevarication, also known as big fat lies. More awareness might be able to short-circuit their quest for total ownership of the world’s food supply.
I’ve also made a link to this short video, The Future of Food. Learn how one day Monsanto may own the basis of all our basic food production.
Be informed so we can move together to stop this madness. Then join me and many others who won’t use roundup not because we like to work harder, but because we refuse to support a company who disregards human welfare in the pursuit of its own profit.