Are We Creating Cancer Clusters, Putting Our Health & Property Values at Risk When We Use RoundUp in Our Yards and Gardens, Parks and Recreation Areas, Schools and Senior Communities?
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is predicted that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2016. We’re experiencing a cancer epidemic, and evidence is growing that pesticide exposure is a key contributor to this disturbing trend.
I would like to see a 1970 to 2016 graph paralleling the growth of cancer rates globally alongside the worldwide growth and sale of Monsanto’s RoundUp-Ready Crop/Seed/Fertilizer/Herbicide Systems.
DIY – Safe Weed Killer = No RoundUp:
When transitioning from lawns to sustainable landscaping, the last thing we want to create is a “Cancer Cluster” in our neighborhoods, cities and towns.
Unless we are very specific about what chemicals we want and don’t want used on our properties, landscaping companies are using pesticides and herbicides like Roundup to kill existing lawns and weeds, as well as other systemic neonicotinoid insecticides that have been identified by the EPA to weaken bees’ immune systems causing colony collapse.
Important: Let your landscapers and Home Owners Associations know you do not want RoundUp used on your property!
The international scientific community announced two very loud wake-up calls in March 2016.
First, the U.N. World Health Organization’s prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer released a consensus report that RoundUp is a “probable carcinogen.” A few days later, a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that RoundUp can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria.
In addition to these findings, there’s a growing body of evidence of health impacts associated with exposure to RoundUp such as endocrine disruption, organ damage and birth defects. The facts are established: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to humans and animals.
85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ RoundUp/Glyphosate
Most of the cotton production in the U.S. is genetically modified cotton that is resistant to RoundUp. The cotton is sprayed with RoundUp when the bud is open and the RoundUp/glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.
RoundUp is the most popular weed killer in the U.S. and Roundup Ready cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand applications of the RoundUp – but we cannot withstand this toxin without experiencing health effects! And if we are not using organic cotton in all instances, we are using RoundUp in these intimate applications. We carry organic Menstrual options here.
The U.S. Geological Survey has detected Roundup in 75% of our rain and air samples.
Roundup is also found in our food supply, streams, ground water, and Mothers’ Breast Milk. Roundup is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied, contaminating our drinking water.
Do we want to contribute to this contamination?
We are trying to save water with our new more sustainable landscapes and conservation efforts — not destroy it, along with our health! To make matters worse, weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to RoundUp, prompting a new stronger product that’s a mix of glyphosate and the herbicide 2,4-D.
Do we want to contribute to this resistance? Let us heed Rachel Carson’s 1962 warning! Today’s experts are saying RoundUp is worse than DDT.
The U.S. and Canada are conducting formal reviews of RoundUp’s safety, lawsuits are pending, and some groups are calling for a global ban.
The European Union Parliament voted to ban RoundUp for most uses in April 2016; 30,000 of Argentina’s doctors have demanded Roundup be banned because it is associated with spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin disease, neurological disease and respiratory illness.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, said RoundUp has been found in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, showing the chemical has been absorbed by the body. A summary of this study was published in The Lancet Oncology.
I do think landscape companies are unethical that offer RoundUp as a viable solution for our transition to drought tolerant landscaping. Why endanger the ground water when we are trying to save ground water???
Please consider the health of humans, pets, wildlife, bees and other pollinating insects – not to mention property values if cancer rates skyrocket in your community creating a “Cancer Cluster.” There are safe and sustainable options to RoundUp.
Monarch Butterflies are becoming extinct due to RoundUp.
RoundUp has killed off most of the Milkweed plant across our nation, and it’s the only plant Monarch caterpillars eat while fattening up to become butterflies. I plant Milkweed in my yard to give the Monarchs food and a place to lay their eggs.
Let’s give Monarchs and our Self a helping hand by demanding our local stores stop selling RoundUp. Boycotts are a good call in this situation. Let your local store owners know that you will be back when they discontinue these products.
I called my local Ace Hardware that I rely on often, spoke to the manager, and let her know that local health and our water supply trumps corporate policy. I will not shop there as long as RoundUp is on their shelves.
Bee well, and vote Genny
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