If you have a yardor garden, you’ve either used or heard of the herbicide called Roundup. This herbicideis meant to kill weeds by spraying the product directly on them, being careful not to affect the healthy plants.
The product has been around for decades and many people head to their local garden store toget a hold of it as spring and summer approach.
However, there have been debates over the safety of this product. In a recent report, The Miller Firm LLC unveils some of the risks related tousing it.
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As stated in the report from The Miller Firm, Roundup has been linked to causing serious disease needing immediate attention. Turns out, the ingredient isn’t just toxic for plants, but forall living beings as well.
If you’ve used Roundup, it is recommendable that you contact your physician and see if you’ve been exposed to any negative effects.
How Can Humans Help?
As a whole, it seems that human beings are becoming more aware of our environment. Our desire to co-exist, rather than to take over is getting stronger in many parts of the world. As such, we look for alternative ways to not only have the best-looking yard out there, but to respect the other forms of life around it. Not only that, but we realize that toxic sprays don’t help our system, so it’s best to seek for healthier alternatives.
What Are Healthier Alternatives?
Below are three suggested healthier alternatives:
- Weed by hand: This is an oldie but a goodie. Since weeds do tend to take over, many of us still want them gone. Yet there’s no need to spray the weeds. You can do the classic hand weeding, and if there are kids around the house, you can enlist their help. Mostly, this activity can be fun and take half the time with helpers. Or, you can choose to do it on your own and enjoy the cathartic effects of weeding your yard while listening to an audio book or music. No pesticides required.
- Make a homemade mixture: For this, you’ll likely need vinegar as a main ingredient, plus other secondary components. You can either head to your local homeopathic center for pointers on the right mix, or a quick online search can guide you to what people use the most. With either of these options, it’s always wise to know your own allergies so that you’re not affected by your at-home mixture.
- Education: While seeking to understand weeds can be time consuming, it can give you an insight as to why weeds are growing in your yard, and what they’re trying to teach you. There’s opportunity in not just killing the weeds but realizing that they’re coming up for areason. What is that reason and how can you work with the weeds? It may take some time to figure it out, but it may be worth it.
There are plenty of healthier alternatives to using chemicals for weeding your garden. The trick is to pay attention and to begin the switch. Changing the way we’re used to doing things can be extremely painful, especially if it takes more time. But being on top of the food chain may just mean taking action on something as seemingly small as spraying weeds with chemicals.
The effects of chemical sprays are causing problems to our health. Better to be safe and take charge with natural alternatives, than to use a chemical that may cause long-term problems to our well-being. The answer is in our hands.
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