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Annoying Bugs Versus Dangerous Chemicals

It may not feel like it, but spring is here and so are the gardeners.

And along with clean up this spring, gardeners may be adding herbicides and pesticides to your lawn and landscaping. I’m writing to pass on information from Organic Consumers.org: Please don’t use these chemicals.

For example, Roundup’s active ingredient, Glyphosate, may be the most biologically disruptive chemical in the environment, according to an April 2013 study published in the journal Entropy. The study links Glyphosate to debilitating diseases like Autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and says that the chemical’s negative impact on the human body is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

Extensive documentation of past research links Glyphosate to increased cancer risk, neurotoxicity and birth defects, as well as damage to the pancreas, kidney and testes.

Our children and pets are in our yards and gardens and can easily get in contact with these chemicals on their skin and fur. It’s not hard to see how these chemicals can get directly into their bodies from here. The chemicals applied do not become benign after a few days. They stay there and them eventually seep into our groundwater.

Yes, bugs and weeds are annoying. But chemicals are dangerous.

Denise Polis