A common theme with Ontario Master Gardeners, MisInformed and Ignorant about Pesticides
The same people who Promote Illegal Usage of the Pesticide NEEM OIL and Home Made Remedies (Not approved by Health Canada) speak publically about the Dangers of Health Canada Approved Pesticides like Glyphosate / Roundup
The only proof of cancer Ms Rogers has provided is that she may very well have Cancer of The MOUTH.
FYI: Vinegar does not have a systemic mode of action. It burns the top of the plant and leaves the roots intact. Very Dangerous on your skin and poor performance on eliminating weeds. Regrowth occurs. (Was this not on the Master Gardeners Test???)
The Gardener’s Corner: the perils of Roundup
August 21, 2013
Roundup is traditionally used on broadleaf weeds and grasses found in hay fields, pastures, corn and soybean crops and is the most widely used pesticide by volume in the US.
When glyphosate is sprayed on soil it is absorbed and remains in the upper soil layers to biodegrade after about 60 days. However, in field studies, residue was found on foliage and litter the following year. Much of our produce comes from countries that use glyphosate and it is likely this chemical is still on the foods by the time it reaches us. And, it doesn’t just affect crops; workers and homeowners are exposed to glyphosate by inhalation or dermal contact from mixing, spraying or cleaning up with it.
In a report as recent as July 2013, Roundup has been proven to affect digestive issues, obesity, liver and other diseases as well as cancer. (http://globalresearch.ca)
Through accidental spraying, spray drift or run off into water systems it reportedly dissipates fairly quickly from absorption and biodegradation yet studies have shown a sharp increase in glyphosate contamination of streams in the midwestern US. Test ponds sprayed with Roundup killed frog and toad tadpoles and caused morphological changes in juveniles, deformities affecting their quality of life.
Many people were disappointed when the pesticide/herbicide ban was imposed in Ontario and lawns full of weeds and dandelions are some of the results from it. People are bringing Roundup in from the US illegally and we can only hope they are using it responsibly. Granted, the vegetation killer available to us now is not near as powerful but if we all could live with a few weeds and lawns that are not going to be perfect any more, I’m sure we’d be doing what is best for ourselves and future generations.
So, what is an alternative? Full strength 5% vinegar plus a tablespoon or two of dish soap. Spray this on weeds and wait overnight, they should be brown by the next morning. Apply again if you see any regrowth. A tablespoon per gallon of plain table salt can be added to the solution for those really hard to kill weeds. And as a last resort, horticultural strength vinegar can be purchased but be very careful and wear protective equipment to protect your eyes, nose and skin. Like Roundup, vinegar is systemic and is going to affect anything it touches, including your perennials that may be beside what you’re spraying. [Illegal Recommendations]
Is it any wonder organic food is so important today and home vegetable gardening is making a big comeback?
Judith Rogers BIO: http://www.icangarden.com/document.cfm?task=viewdetail&itemid=5451