Glyphosate, the active ingredient in synthetic weed killers such as Roundup®, has been banned in many countries and areas of the USA due to the environmental toxicity profiles.
Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide, meaning that it can kill nearly every plant with which it comes in contact, desired or not. It is used for spot treatment of gardens, lawns, paved areas, and some agricultural crops. The active ingredient, glyphosate, works by preventing plants from making proteins that are necessary for plant growth. As a non-selective herbicide, glyphosate will kill most plants, except for genetically modified crops that are designed to resist the weed killer.
Evidence strongly suggests that many of the ‘inert ingredients’ used in those weed killers may be more problematic than the ‘active’ ingredient, the chemical glyphosate. Recently, lawsuits were settled there have linked Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A number of detailed articles on this complex issue can be found at this link BeyondPesticides.org.
If looking at these studies raises doubts in your mind about the safety of these glyphosate products, there are all-natural alternatives that exist, which play the same role in weed management. Acetic acid, fatty acids, and essential oils can all act as herbicides. Novel organic or natural products can now be found through GrowItNaturally in Finalsan or Pulverize Weed Killers! The active ingredient in these products are organic fatty acids. These organic weed killers are post-emergent organic herbicide that kill weeds, grasses and broadleaves without harmful environmental impacts! Finalsan and Pulverize are EPA approved and Finalsan is OMRI approved!.
GrowItNaturally is proud to offer these organic weed killers, and many more organic weed killers, as a natural products when herbicides such as Roundup cannot be used or are not desired and organic solutions are preferred!