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Roundup® by Monsanto is touted as a safe, environmentally friendly and easy to use herbicide. Critics denounce it as a toxic, hazardous chemical. Which is right?
Roundup is a broad-spectrum herbicide, meaning that it has negative effects on nearly every plant with which it comes in contact. It is used for spot treatment of gardens, lawns, paved areas, and some agricultural crops. The active ingredient in Roundup is a chemical compound called glyphosate, which works by preventing the plant from making proteins that are necessary for plant growth. As a non-selective herbicide, Roundup will kill most plants, except for genetically modified crops that are designed to resist the weed killer.
Evidence strongly suggests that Roundup’s so-called ‘inert ingredients’ may be more problematic than the ‘active’ ingredient, the chemical glyphosate. That’s why, when Monsanto talks about their popular group of weed killers, they always say “the active ingredient is non-toxic”. They never talk about the inert chemicals in the actual product, which are known to kill earthworms, beneficial insects and beneficial microorganisms. In addition, recently, there have been numerous studies that 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. A novel product and organic approach is found with Avenger Organic Weed Killer. Avenger's active ingredient is d-limonene (citrus oil), is a non-selective, post-emergent organic herbicide that safely kills weeds, grasses and broadleaves. Avenger is EPA and OMRI approved for organic gardening. GrowItNaturally is proud to offer this organic weed killer as a natural alternative to herbicides like Roundup.