Monsanto’s Roundup is controversial, to say the least. Dozens of studies not sponsored by Monsanto have found reasons why people would be wise to use something besides Roundup (glyphosate) to kill weeds.
Seralini Study threatens Monsanto
Cancerous tumors grew in rats after four weeks of glyphosate exposure. In a similar experiment sponsored by Monsanto, industry scientists conveniently stopped following the development of glyphosate-exposed rats after three weeks. That’s just one example of how Monsanto manipulates science to give glyphosate the appearance of being safe. In another, Monsanto secretly put its own man into an editor’s position to have Seralini’s famous rat study retracted. An international outcry from outraged scientists, however, got the study re-published in another peer-reviewed scientific journal, one with an editor not tied to Monsanto.
Ten More Reasons not to support Monsanto
• A high-ranking U.S. EPA official has been caught red-handed exchanging emails with Monsanto executives to help silence growing consumer fears over a glyphosate-cancer link.
• Glyphosate has been declared a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
• California has added glyphosate to its list of chemicals likely to cause cancer.
• New revelations occur almost daily of Monsanto’s cozy relationship with US “regulators” as well as politicians.
• Studies have shown Roundup attacks kidney and liver function.
• Monsanto has used its deep pockets and far-reaching legal and political connections to sue at least 140 independent farmers. With more lawyers than R&D people on its payroll, Monsanto rarely loses a legal fight.
• Monsanto has used its cozy connections in the U.S. government to force its products and nasty farming methods on the survivors of murdered and tortured people in Iraq and elsewhere. Monsanto and the U.S. government “help” destroyed countries (Disaster Capitalism at its finest) that never wanted our “help” in the first place.
• Glypohosate and other pesticide herbicides (same thing) have been shown now beyond doubt to contribute significantly to the massive bee die-offs that threaten all of civilization as we know it.
• Monsanto is being sued by at least 100 people who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and other types of cancer following years of Roundup exposure.
Practical Reasons not to Support Monsanto
These and many other reasons should give a thinking person pause for buying Monsanto’s poison products. There are also simple, practical reasons why purchasing Roundup makes little sense.
Besides being a probable carcinogen, Roundup is expensive. It has also been found to be an odd-duck chemical. The old adage that the dose makes the poison fails to hold for the killer chemical combo that is Roundup. Some studies have shown that glyphosate (in Roundup) is even more dangerous at lower (chronic) levels than at higher doses. Monsanto has used that oddity to its advantage, so far. This counter-intuitive facet of glyphosate either fools unwitting regulators, or it allows former Monsanto employees now working for the US government (like Michael Taylor) a tidy platform on which to promote Roundup as safe, when nothing could be further from the truth.
Kill weeds without Monsanto’s Roundup
The good news is that natural methods work for killing weeds that won’t give one lymphoma or kill one’s pets or pollinating bees. One can kill weeds with kitchen pantry items as cheap as they are non toxic: white vinegar, table salt, dishwashing liquid.
The Ingredients: Vinegar, Salt, Dish Washing Liquid
• White vinegar: Ordinary distilled white vinegar with 5% acidity works great. A higher acidity, even up to 20%, will work faster, but results will be the same.
• Table salt: The cheapest table salt is fine, iodized or un-iodized generic salt, also known as sodium chloride (NaCl).
• Dishwashing liquid: A few drops. Brand doesn’t matter. Soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar, so it sticks to weeds, forcing them to more readily absorb it.
Weed Killer for Areas to be Replanted
For weeds in areas you want to replant, fill an ordinary garden sprayer with white vinegar and add about one teaspoon liquid dish washing soap. Apply sprayer top and follow the instructions on the sprayer to get it ready. It’s that simple. Pick a hot, dry day to spray weeds to saturation. They will wilt and shrivel up within hours, so be careful to not spray anything you want to survive. Don’t worry about the vinegar killing anything below the soil. Vinegar will not harm the soil. You can safely replant the area once the weeds have died.
Weed Killer for Areas Never to Grow Again
The Romans pounded salt blocks into the land of their enemies to make their fields barren, so this method is as old as the Bible. Beware how you apply it.
To kill all vegetation in walkways, driveways and other areas where you don’t want any living thing to grow again, mix two cups of ordinary table salt with one gallon of white vinegar. Use a container larger than one gallon to leave room for the salt. Apply the lid and shake it to dissolve the salt. Salt dissolves more quickly in vinegar than in water, but it still takes time. It’s okay if the salt doesn’t completely dissolve. Add one teaspoon of liquid dish washing soap. Pour it all into an ordinary garden sprayer. Apply the concoction to weeds or grass on a dry, sunny day.
The salt will eventually penetrate and leach into the soil, killing weeds forever (unlike Roundup, which has spawned superweeds). It may take several applications, but eventually salt will “sterilize” the soil, so that nothing will grow there.
And please remember to plan well before you decide to kill any plot of ground forever.