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What are the Symptoms and Effects of Roundup Poisoning? (If You Still Have A Shred of the Self Preservation Instinct)

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This is caused by the rapid decay and release of the nutrients held in the plants which died.

Once you have finally applied the herbicide, it is important to wait before letting pets or children in the treated area. Until glyphosate is completely dried, it can still contaminate anyone that is exposed to it.

You can avoid glyphosate all together and opt for a safe alternative. In our Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Guide, we listed several weed killing alternatives. Easily the coolest of them are the weed killing flame throwers made by Red Dragon.

It doesn't stop there. Other alternatives include Summer Set All Down, several products by Bonide and others.

One great effective recipe I learned about earlier in the year is this:

1 Gallon distilled white vinegar (5%)
1 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup Dish soap

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a sprayer, and spray on the weeds. I have found this recipe to be effective on driveways and walkways. The soap works to spread the vinegar and salt across the entire surface of the plant. Once the plant is covered it becomes dehydrated and dies.

The most obvious of all alternatives to herbicides is old fashion weeding: there is no more effective or healthy way to get rid of those annoying unwanted weeds than hand weeding.

As if the health, and environmental risks laid out in this extensive guide to Roundup exposure wasn't enough, glyphosate losses effectiveness over time. This means that more needs to be used to get the same effects, as certain plants become immune. Because of this glyphosate tolerant crops are genetically modified to withstand heavier and heavier applications of glyphosate.

As long as glyphosate is the most used herbicide, our exposure to glyphosate will only increase with time. This of course is good for Monsanto's bottom line, but becomes increasingly harmful to our health.

What's the Bottom Line on Roundup Exposure

Your body has been designed to handle a wide range of natural toxins, but synthetic substances are different. The cells of your body are known recognize xenobiotics as foreign, and this can cause a reaction with your body as if it were an infection.

This constant, chronic exposure can cause a range of diseases and allergic reactions. We currently are aware of several diseases which glyphosate appears to cause, but many more are likely yet to be found.

Though small amounts of glyphosate are likely safe, nothing is safe about the chronic exposure many of us endure on a daily basis, especially those in agriculture and lawn care. It is absolutely critical that we are aware of our environment, and respond accordingly. That starts with becoming informed and sharing information.

Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate. The ATSDR toxicological profile succinctly characterizes the toxicology and adverse health effects information for the toxic substance described therein.

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