Dutch Ban Roundup, France and Brazil to Follow

by Sarah Green LivingComments: 61

Ban RoundupThe dominoes are starting to fall.

The evidence damning glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, the world’s number one herbicide for weed control, has become too enormous to ignore.

While it won’t kill you immediately as demonstrated by foolish Monsanto reps who have been known to drink Roundup in product demonstrations to convince unwitting farmers to use it, the long term effects to health are nothing short of devastating.

  • Infertility
  • Kidney disease
  • Birth defects
  • Severe gastrointestinal ailments
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Nervous system damage

And the list goes on.

Finally, governments around the world are starting to take action, with the Dutch Parliament in recent days voting to ban all glyphosate-based herbicides including Roundup, from the end of 2015 and beyond.

Esther Ouwehand, Dutch Parliament member who introduced the successful motion to ban the deadly herbicide for private use, had this to say:

Agricultural pesticides in user-friendly packaging are sold in abundance to private persons. In garden centres RoundUp is promoted as harmless, but unsuspecting customers have no idea what the risks of this product are. Especially children are sensitive to toxic substances and should therefore not be exposed to it.

France Poised to Ban Roundup and Follow Netherlands’ Lead

The Netherlands is not alone in recognizing the enormous public health threat widespread use of Roundup and other glyphosate based herbicides pose to the populace, especially growing children.

Word on the street from Healthy Home Economist readers in Europe indicates that garden centers in France have already pulled Roundup from the shelves and that it can no longer be purchased. Inquiries to sales clerks at multiple garden centers in France verifies that Roundup will no longer be sold to private individuals.

It appears that a strong push by French environmental groups to ban glyphosate may indeed have succeeded. Such a move follows the 2012 French court ruling which declared Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer. The case, the first of its kind in France, involved 47 year old grain farmer Paul Francois, who suffered neurological damage including memory loss, headaches and stammering after exposure to the vapors of Lasso, a Monsanto manufactured weedkiller in 2004 which contains the herbicide Alachlor which is now banned in the European Union.

Brazil Top Prosecutor Requests to Ban Roundup

The momentum building against Roundup and other glyphosate based herbicides is not confined to Europe alone.

Late last month, the Brazilian Public Prosecutor in the Federal District requested that the Justice Department suspend the use of glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in that country.

The prosecutor takes a glyphosate ban a step further, however, by also challenging other active pesticide/herbicide ingredients including 2,4-D (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) methyl parathion, lactofem, phorate, carbofuran, abamectin, tiram and paraquat.

The prosecutor explained the two measures that have been filed on his website,

“The first measure seeks to compel the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to reevaluate the toxicity of eight active ingredients suspected of causing damage to human health and the environment. On another front, the agency questions the registration of pesticides containing 2,4-D herbicide, applied to combat broadleaf weeds.”

If approved, a Brazilian glyphosate ban would constitute another crushing blow to the biotech industry.  Only weeks ago, Brazil’s Federal Appeals Court unanimously decided to cancel the release of Bayer’s Liberty Link GM (genetically modified) Maize for cultivation.

While the rest of the world appears to be waking up to the serious health dangers of Roundup and other glyphosate based herbicides, don’t hold your breath concerning North America which has yet to even label the health robbing progeny of this deadly chemical – genetically modified (GM) crops which are now found in an estimated 80% or more of processed foods.

Need a Nontoxic Weedkiller?  Try This

For forward thinking individuals, schools and other establishments that wish to ban Roundup and other glyphosate containing herbicides but require a nontoxic method of weed control, the Weed Dragon represents a viable option.

The Weed Dragon (sources), which has received the National Home Gardening Club Member Tested Seal-of-Approval, uses heat emitted from a torch like device instead of toxic chemicals to safely and effectively control weeds.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

 

Sources and More Information

The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)

Dutch Parliament Bans Glyphosate Herbicides for Non-Commercial Use

Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning in France

Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecutor Requests Total Ban of Glyphosate Herbicides

Historic Court Ruling Stops Cultivation of Bayer’s GM Maize in Brazil

From Sterility to Stomach Holes, 11 Scientific Reasons to Avoid GMOs Now

Roundup: Quick Death for Weeds, Slow and Painful Death for You

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  • Mikal

    Monsanto Rep drinks RoundUp, yeah right. it’s probably a RoundUp bottle replaced with water,

    Next time anyone see a demo like that someone in that’s being pitched RoundUp have a real bottle of that poison there and see if the rep will drink it!

    May 31st, 2014 2:05 am Reply
  • Busta

    Vinegar contaminates the land and has a terrible effect on wildlife, especially when it runs off into the water system – it is an acid. Glyphosate has come through every test it has ever been pitted against with flying colours. Utterly ridiculous and unfounded accusations.

    May 28th, 2014 9:33 am Reply
    • Tionia

      Where is your proof? Show us it has passed all these tests…

      May 21st, 2015 12:04 am Reply
  • Kris Heather via Facebook

    I am very excited about this … The good news just keeps rolling in … There time is up : )

    May 6th, 2014 4:29 am Reply
  • Kate Klein Peter via Facebook

    Derek Peter

    May 5th, 2014 9:32 pm Reply
  • Deborah Alberta Bramel via Facebook

    good to know

    May 5th, 2014 3:03 pm Reply
  • Amy Gallagher via Facebook

    Thanks for the article. Needs to kills weeds and vinegar didn’t work well enough. I’ll take a look at this and see other suggestions

    May 5th, 2014 11:39 am Reply
  • Mikayla Duff via Facebook

    Scott Duff

    May 5th, 2014 10:25 am Reply
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  • George Pederson via Facebook

    Dandelions react to vinegar the same way they do to roundup. I was amazed to see the result of spraying them with vinegar. Do not know about other weeds but, this is encouraging.

    April 21st, 2014 4:09 pm Reply
  • Doreen Costello via Facebook

    Just came back from Italy ..after 11days ..no screens on ANY windows…only 2 tiny bugs seen..and NOT. in any hotel rooms …kinda scary ..eerie…creepy

    April 21st, 2014 4:21 am Reply
  • Peggy Lippold Gates via Facebook

    Yay, let’s hope more are to follow.

    April 21st, 2014 12:23 am Reply
  • Lynda Randall via Facebook

    Well done France

    April 20th, 2014 9:48 pm Reply
    • Mik Clayton

      I live in France, and it’s nice to see a government do something right for once

      April 6th, 2015 11:38 am Reply
  • Tracey De Landelles via Facebook

    I hope they don’t try to flog it off to developing countries!

    April 16th, 2014 3:46 am Reply
  • Stephanie Sumitra via Facebook

    Sad that the US will be one of the last countries because *money*.

    April 15th, 2014 3:22 pm Reply
  • Bethany Leisure via Facebook

    Ryan Leisure

    April 15th, 2014 2:22 pm Reply
  • Joelle Ruppert via Facebook

    One can hope! Thanks for sharing.

    April 15th, 2014 2:21 pm Reply
  • Dèna

    Good job Netherland,I just dont understand why CANADA are not doing the same thing,I AM SO ASHAMED OF LIVING IN CANADA THESE DAYS.They poison us with chemtrails,fluoride in the water and GMO.Canada is corrupted just like the US and that make me ANGRY

    April 13th, 2014 9:07 pm Reply
  • Vicki

    What can a person due to help the body cope with exposure to glyphosphate?

    April 13th, 2014 9:05 pm Reply
  • megan

    just like Oz didn’t get the flu shot Yes I’m sure. he beats around busy about how they vac their kids so you know he doesn’t…I’m sure that monsanto reps did not really drink road up but something as safe as water!

    April 13th, 2014 4:44 pm Reply
  • Beth

    According to a post on Dr. Mercola’s site, vinegar can be used to control weeds in your garden:

    To keep the weeds out of a decorative or utility gravel area, the best approach is to design them out from the beginning or use organic products later to kill the weeds. Salt, toxic herbicides and bleach should never be used because they contaminate the soil long term. They also leach into the water stream. To head off the problem, install the gravel in a thick layer – 6 to 8 inches after scraping away all grasses and weeds.

    Any weeds that grow through the gravel can be sprayed and killed with a mix of 10 percent pickling vinegar mixed with 2 ounces orange oil and 1 teaspoon liquid soap or you can use commercial organic herbicides.

    Vinegar sprays can also be used to kill weeds in the cracks in sidewalks and driveways. The best choice for herbicide use is 10 percent white vinegar made from grain alcohol. It should be used full strength. Avoid products that are made from 99 percent glacial acetic acid. This material is a petroleum derivative. Natural vinegars such those made from fermenting apples have little herbicidal value.

    Herbicide Formula:

    1 gallon of 10 percent (100 grain) vinegar
    Add 1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene
    Add 1 tablespoon molasses (optional – some say it doesn’t help)
    1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant (some use Bio Wash)
    Do not add water

    Shake well before each spraying and spot spray weeds. Keep the spray off desirable plants. This spray will injure any plant it touches. This natural spray works best on warm to hot days. Vinegar sprayed on the bases of trees and other woody plants will not hurt the plant at all. This technique was first learned about by spraying the suckers and weeds growing around the bases of grapevines.

    April 13th, 2014 12:07 pm Reply
    • Beth

      Here’s the link to that Mercola article, which has other info on uses of vinegar:

      http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/20/vinegar-as-non-toxic-cleaner.aspx

      For garden and agricultural use, they suggest distilled white vinegar.

      Here’s the story at a glance:

      There are a number of different types of vinegar; each with its own set of benefits and uses. White distilled vinegar is useful for cleaning and horticultural purposes, while fruit vinegars such as apple cider vinegar has many reported health benefits when taken internally

      The only vinegar that is best avoided altogether is 20% vinegar, which is a petroleum derivative that is dangerous to breathe and can be damaging to your eyes and skin

      A vinegar solution can also be used to remove certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Other uses include hair care, and improving the pH of alkaline water, which can benefit plant growth

      Recipes for treating a sore throat; treating various types of pet ailments; and making a non-toxic weed killer are included

      April 13th, 2014 12:11 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The weeds in Florida are so incredibly hardy .. this does not work unfortunately in my experience.

      April 13th, 2014 7:58 pm Reply
      • Beth

        Boiling water can work on some weeds, too.

        April 18th, 2014 11:51 am Reply
  • Christy Peterson via Facebook

    Yes!!!!!!!

    April 13th, 2014 11:51 am Reply
  • Loreta Naikelis Lund via Facebook

    Steven Lund

    April 13th, 2014 7:06 am Reply
  • Paul S. Hicks via Facebook

    I have a weed torch, it is good for taking care of the above ground part of the weed not so much the root. They just come right back. Sure go ahead and salt the ground where your weds are just don’t expect any to ever grow there again.

    April 13th, 2014 1:51 am Reply
    • Steven Reiley

      I wondered about the salt part of the recipe. I am in Arizona and the soil is already fairly salty.

      April 13th, 2014 11:53 am Reply
  • Shelby Lessary via Facebook

    I’m going to try the vinegar, salt, dawn recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    April 13th, 2014 1:38 am Reply
  • Shelby Lessary via Facebook

    Sharon Schroeder, ever hear of a weed dragon? Sounds interesting.

    April 13th, 2014 1:37 am Reply
  • Suzanne

    Is anyone speechless that someone would drink this stuff to make a point?

    April 12th, 2014 11:28 pm Reply
  • Shelby Franco via Facebook

    I bought a thing at Aldi that pull them up by the roots for $10

    April 12th, 2014 9:26 pm Reply
  • Barbara Duffee Presley via Facebook

    We have a well and to ensure no chemicals get into our well, we use Vinegar and salt…. so much more inexpensive and safe.

    April 12th, 2014 7:49 pm Reply
  • Jasmine Faith via Facebook

    I use vinegar and ordinary table salt (the one good use for it) with a squirt of detergent. Works great!

    April 12th, 2014 6:57 pm Reply
    • Steven Reiley

      What proportions? A gallon water, cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup salt & a squirt of detergent?

      April 13th, 2014 11:51 am Reply
  • Aurelie Cous via Facebook

    It is only for home gardeners but i suppose it is a step in the right direction…

    April 12th, 2014 4:26 pm Reply
  • Lisa Outhwaite via Facebook

    Meanwhile back in old Blighty we’re practically rubbing it on.

    April 12th, 2014 3:22 pm Reply
  • Jodie Hummel Godush via Facebook

    Our neighbor absolutely couldn’t believe we didn’t want him using roundup on the trees around the property line (he was doing us a “favor”) because we didn’t want the poison there. Nevermind we have free-range chickens…

    April 12th, 2014 3:16 pm Reply
  • Sharon Midcap via Facebook

    I hope Spain bans this soon!

    April 12th, 2014 2:49 pm Reply
  • Kristy Morgan Buck via Facebook

    Thomas TBuck Buck

    April 12th, 2014 1:49 pm Reply
  • LittleOwlCrunchyMomma

    Yay! Finally some GOOD news. This is great. Hopefully many, many, more countries to follow this excellent example! <3

    Maybe there is hope for humanity after all. 😉

    April 12th, 2014 12:24 pm Reply
  • Sharon Allen Carpenter via Facebook

    A gallon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of dawn and a cup of table salt work well to kill weeds.

    April 12th, 2014 11:54 am Reply
  • Karissa

    Is there another all natural weed killer that doesn’t involve burning weeds? I have to weed 60 acres of fence line and I can’t imagine doing it with that and hauling a propane tank around! I am tired of roundup and know it can’t be good for the livestock, wildlife or groundwater. Please let me know if there is something better out there!

    April 12th, 2014 11:37 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Not that I know of at this time. The Weed Dragon is the best I’ve seen especially for places like where I live in Florida where weeds are really hardy and tough to kill. More ingenious devices will be coming out in the coming years I’m sure as people seek to replace Roundup.

      April 12th, 2014 12:25 pm Reply
    • DRK

      I keep the bottom of the fence high enough to bush hog underneath the fence, and then use a string trimmer to finish what I couldn’t get with the bush hog

      April 12th, 2014 8:51 pm Reply
    • Deanna Munson

      get goats

      April 13th, 2014 7:09 pm Reply
    • Andi

      put vinegar in your sprayer instead. Kills weeds effectively if there’s no rain for a day or two after application. And its CHEAP!

      April 14th, 2014 12:02 am Reply
    • Jon

      Use 10% or higher vinegar. Vinegar works very well, I have used it on my fence line 6 months ago and the weeds are still dead today. Vinegar is a lot cheaper and not toxic like Roundup or similar products are.

      April 15th, 2014 12:24 pm Reply
  • Suzanne McCarthy via Facebook

    Lance Cushion

    April 12th, 2014 11:21 am Reply
  • Kim Jablonski via Facebook

    Weeds

    April 12th, 2014 11:19 am Reply
  • Kim Jablonski via Facebook

    Vinegar on weeda kills them and doeant poison us

    April 12th, 2014 11:19 am Reply

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