What Is Glyphosate? (and why we should all avoid it!)
September 06, 2016
I don’t understand why so many people think it’s necessary to use chemicals and toxins on our plants – whether crops or weeds. We’re slowly poisoning the Earth and ourselves to death, yet companies that produce these chemicals claim that they are safe, with little or no negative impact on the environment.
They only make these claims for one reason, and one reason only. Money. Same goes for tobacco companies, pharmaceutical companies, and the fast-food industry. Money. They sell us lies and present us with fudged studies (funded by their own people), and because people are too busy (or too brain-washed) to believe otherwise, they blindly go with what is presented (via main-stream media, which is all controlled and moderated), never questioning anything and believing everything they are sold as good and true.
A few years ago I put a stop to chemical use on our acreage to control weeds, etc. Instead, we work with methods that are natural and have no long-lasting negative effects on the environment, our critters, and the abundance of wild-life that visits us.
For weed control on our ring-road gravel driveway, we use vinegar (recipe to follow), and sometimes boiling water for spot treatments. That’s it. We also do a lot of hand-picking, and for really large areas (e.g. thistles), we weed-wack before the plant goes to flower. Sure, plants like thistle have long tap roots and can propagate that way as well, but their spread is greatly reduced by removing flowering parts before they go to seed.
I also transplant a lot of weeds. Why? Because most weeds are “medicine”, and being a Herbalist I want to make sure that any medicinal plants in our area are taken care of.
So, what is GLYPHOSATE (also known as GLYCOPHOSPHATE)? In a nutshell, it’s “Round-Up” and is made by the evil Monsanto, but here’s the “proper” definition from Wikipedia:
“Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops.”
But, it does more than that, and the long-term effects on our bodies and environment are yet to be fully understood. That happens a lot in industry — a new “miracle” chemical is created, applied to the environment liberally, and then 20 years later, someone steps up and announces “we made a mistake; this substance is harmful to everything and everyone” (think agent orange, asbestos, etc.).
Here’s a good, short video by Dr. Edward F. Group describing what glyphosate is and its effects on our body.
Regardless of what the companies claim, glyphosate IS having a negative impact – especially on honey-bees. Every year we lose more and more pollinators (not just honey-bees) and if we lose those, we’re well and truly screwed, because WE NEED THEM.
This is not a “conspiracy theory” – this is real. Do your own research (especially on Monsanto); for now here are a couple of really good articles about the effects of glycophosphates on honey bees (click on the titles).
1 gallon (4 litre) jug vinegar (5% strength for small areas; up to 20% for large areas or stubborn weeds like crab-grass)
1 cup table salt (only thing this type of salt is good for; we should be consuming mineral/sea salt!)
About 1 teaspoon of dish-soap
Mix together and spray or pour over weeds using a watering can (for large areas), ideally on a hot sunny day (further helps the vinegar/salt do its job), and certainly not while it’s raining. Note: The dish-soap helps the vinegar to better “stick” to the leaves of the weeds, otherwise it just gets washed away.
Be mindful of your actions and consider all possible consequences before you put your actions into practice, because sometimes the short-term benefits are just not worth it in the long-term.