These folk just enjoy wearing the suits, but a hard hat?
I know it does not feel that way this morning, but Spring is almost here and those who get ready for the growing season will also get ready for the season of WEEDS.
In case you have not watched the news this morning, there is a growing number of lawsuits against Monsanto for their product Roundup. The claim is that it caused cancer and it is not really a new claim but it is getting traction again. It seems more than usual because more information is coming out that Monsanto "encouraged" officials guarding the hen house to sign articles written by Monsanto employees saying how safe it is.
Maybe (MAYBE) glyphosate (the key ingredient) is as safe as they claim, but in researching it I've always read disclaimers that the "inert" ingredients that carry the glyphosate to the weeds might be toxic. If a chemical company says it MIGHT be toxic, it probably is, or they don't know for sure, in which case it should be treated as toxic.
In most photos I've seen of Monsanto employees applying Roundup, (such as above) they are wearing full hazard suits. Maybe this is a hint?
But the description for the every day consumer plays this down. They say how many gallons of this stuff was fed to pregnant rats before they notice harmful results, and birth defects. Surely, it is safe for human use. Except for those who are not safe.
Things like cancer take a long time to develop, so it is very difficult to trace an exact cause. While I wish the folks who got sick good luck, I doubt there will be a winning conclusion unless Monsanto wants to give in for some reason, like public opinion.
But what can we do? They are huge and we are so few. Well, we could stop dousing every weed that comes up with it. We could be much more careful with it (and ANY weed killer) and use it only on the most stubborn weeds and those that can cause a health problem of their own, like poison ivy.
Trust me when I say that I have been sorely tempted to obliterate the Johnson grass, nut grass and crabgrass that attack my garden. I could add a few more but the grasses are enough. AND in fact, I have a tiny bottle for very selective use on poison ivy at the edge of our deck because my ladies cannot catch the difference between clematis and poison ivy, so they sometimes touch what they shouldn't.
Luckily, we are not dangerously sensitive to it as some are and for those who are, Roundup or something similar is probably viewed as a necessity. I would not consider arguing with them. A bad case of poison ivy can be life altering. But just like some medicines, we have a choice. I need to lower my cholesterol, but statin drugs bother me, so I have to make a choice.
Here is what appears to be a neutral explanation of Glyphosate in layman' terms. See what you think. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/glyphoge... National Pesticide Information Center