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