This is What You Need to Know About Glyphosate!
Glyphosate is a herbicide that is applied to the leaves of plants to kill weeds. You have probably seen it sitting on the shelves of your local hardware store. The odor it dispels is disgustingly horrendous. It was introduced to the consumer market via Roundup in the early 1970s, it’s now in more than 750 products sold in the U.S.! In 2015, the cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic in humans.” Health problems, such as miscarriage and birth defects, might be linked to glyphosate! Not only is glyphoste used to kill weeds, it is also used as a desiccant, or drying agent, this allows food to be harvested, dried quickly and sent to the market, but in turn, increases the likelihood that consumers will be directly exposed to the pesticide through the foods they eat, even after processing. Originally used only on genetically modified (GMO) crops, Roundup is now sprayed on conventional crops such as wheat, grains and oats, to speed up the harvesting process. This relatively new process is the focus of the EWG’s petition to the EPA.
What Can You Do?
Educate yourself on glyphoste and, as always, consider the sources. A good place to start is EWG and IRT. Also, there are some real steps you can take to minimize your and your family’s exposure to glyphosate.
David and Valerie Zimmer, owners of Greater Michigan Timber Management, a forest, timber and woodlot management company in northern lower Michigan.
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