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Dangers of RoundUp PLUS Natural Weed Control Alternatives

October 7, 20159 min
RoundUp is the number-one herbicide being used today, despite being linked to diseases like cancer.RoundUp is the number-one herbicide being used today, and it's remained the herbicide of choice because it's extremely effective at killing weeds in gardens, lawns and even agricultural fields.However, it's been linked to both acute health conditions, as well as serious diseases like cancer. Monsanto is the creator of RoundUp, and it comes as no surprise that the company has also been behind a number of other toxic elements from our past and current environments (Agent Orange, DDT, PCBs, Bovine Growth Hormone, and even the Atomic Bomb).Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp, which has been linked specifically to Parkinson's disease and cancer. Another ingredient, POEA, is toxic to embryos, and can suffocate embryonic and placental cells.What are some natural alternatives to RoundUp?Vinegar mixed with natural dish soap will burn the foliage and lower the pH in the soil so the weeds won't grow back. Corn meal gluten is also a great option, as are a variety of essential oils. You can also tailor your landscaping to be conducive to fewer weeds by using native plants.Lisa Beres, Certified Green Building Professional, joins host Lisa Davis to share more about the dangers of RoundUp, as well as some effective natural alternatives.

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