The Dangers of Herbicides

May 20

Everyone has their own special way of unwinding after a long day. Some people like to go rock climbing, and others find their peace by spending their evenings baking. Gardening is another common way of destressing. There is just something about pulling up weeds, nurturing plants, and watching them grow that helps a person to center themselves.

A lot of work goes into making a garden flourish. First, the aspiring gardener has to pick the appropriate plants for their environment. A cactus won’t grow in a marshy area, and irises will dry out in an arid environment. Next, they have to purchase the correct soil for the plant. Clay, loam, and silt are just a few of the types of soil to choose from. Then, the gardener has to till the soil and plant the seeds. It’s vital for the health of the plants to not overcrowd the seeds and give them room to grow. From there, proper maintenance and checking on the budding flora is important to make sure everything is going smoothly. If invasive insects are attracted to the plants, they could eat away at them and destroy a newly-formed garden. Invasive plant species are also dangerous as they sap the surrounding soil of its nutrients and can cause the planted flowers to starve.

If an invasive plant species begins to infiltrate a garden, there a few steps that can be taken to mitigate some of their effects. Pulling the weeds and destroying their roots is one way to reign victorious, but this is often difficult and time-consuming. Additionally, if even one weed manages to avoid being pulled, the weeds will once again begin to spread like wildfire. Getting an animal to graze the weeds might help if it’s a particularly large area of land. Of course, there’s no way to prevent a goat from eating an entire garden in one sitting.

One popular way to eradicate an invasive species of plant is to use an herbicide. Many different types are available for the public to purchase and use. However, many of these contain noxious chemicals that are harmful if inhaled or consumer. For example, Roundup has become the most widely used herbicide in the United States since its invention in 1974. However, glyphosate is one of the main ingredients in Roundup. Glyphosate is a carcinogen, and many people have developed cancer as a result of exposure to Roundup.

The Driscoll Firm, P.C., a law firm currently helping victims of exposure to Roundup and getting them the settlements they deserve, describes how in addition to the various forms of cancer such as non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Myeloma, and leukemia, prolonged exposure to glyphosate has also lead to obesity, depression, and a myriad of other diseases. Not only has inhalation of Roundup led to these health issues, but Roundup has contaminated food and water supplies so the problem will not be solved as easily as simply not using the herbicide.

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