Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is the most popular brand of weed killer on the market. However glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Alzheimers, and glyphosate formulations have been shown to induce Apoptosis (programmed cell death,) and Necrosis (death of body tissue.) in Human Umbilical, Embryonic, and Placental Cells.
Seriously, do you really want anything like that around you, your kids or your pets? I don’t know about you, but just one of these risks is enough to keep me far away from Roundup and anything remotely like it. So, what do you use instead of Roundup to control weeds in your yard? Start by heading to your kitchen and pull out the vinegar, salt, and dish soap. Then look here for instructions on How to Make Organic Alternatives to Roundup Weed Killer.
Another alternative is to re-think your yard. Consider landscaping with plants native to your area which will attract beneficial insects to help with pests, and use weed cloth and mulching methods to control weeds. I have yet to run across a serious health hazard when applying these methods for weed and pesticide control.
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More Reading: Control of Pests and Weeds by Natural Enemies: An Introduction to Biological Control