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Roundup Is More Toxic Than You Think

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You’ve got weeds.  You hate them because they wreck your picture-perfect lawn.  What do you do? You run to Home Depot or Lowe’s and pick up a container of Roundup.  Easy! Round Up will take care of your weeds.  You probably don’t give a second thought to it!

You should!

Roundup (glyphosate) is one of the top-selling lawn and agricultural chemicals in the world.  The United States uses 25% of  Round Up.

You’re probably eating a lot of Roundup, too.  The typical American diet consists of processed foods. 80% of the corn, soy and sugar beets, which are commonplace in a Western diet, are genetically modified. The plants themselves are made resistant to the effects of Roundup. It is a systemic herbicide meaning the plant absorbs it into all its cells. Because the plant has genetically modified organisms, (GMO) – repeated applications of Roundup will not kill it as it will non-GMO plants.

Contrary to what Monsanto will tell you, Round-Up is known to kill embryos, (miscarriages) placental and umbilical cord cells and cause low birth weight.  It is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor.  (read CANCER here!) It is shown to increase instances of cancer like non-Hodgkin lymphoma, breast and myeloma – bone cancer.

The inert chemicals in it – which are NOT harmless, by the way – intensify its toxicity. One specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, was found to be more deadly to embryonic cells than the glyphosate alone!  This inert chemical is intended to let the Round-Up penetrate the plant’s exterior cells.

Roundup is designed to disrupt cells in a plant. It also does this in the human body.  Many studies have confirmed that Roundup causes disruption in benefits of beneficial gut bacteria and destroys the “good” gut bacteria which has been found to  correlate to the immune system and digestive system functioning.  Autoimmune disease, heart disease, autism, Alzheimer’s and leaky gut syndrome are other maladies caused by cell disruption.  The depletion of critical nutrients, which in turn protect us from an array of diseases like cancer and heart disease, is another indication of the effects of Roundup.

A study in Argentina in an area of  prolonged Round-up usage has found a high incidence of birth defects and cancers.  This is also the disturbing trend here in the United States in the Midwest where a lot of the (GMO) crops like corn and soy corn are grown.

Additionally, there has been a strong link to amphibian mutations as a result of contaminated groundwater.  Runoff from yards and fields where Roundup has been sprayed has led to a rise in birth defects in frogs.  There is a large amount of evidence that Roundup is also responsible for decline in the North American tadpole species.  It is also suspected that Roundup is responsible for decimating the Monarch butterfly population.

Monsanto has continuously derided all claims of its toxicity, despite numerous studies to the contrary.

For an in-depth look into the dangers of Roundup and GMO crops, watch this video by Jeffrey Smith.  It’s long but worth the watch!

 

RELATED

Monsanto Roundup: Impacts of Glyphosate Herbicide On Human Health – Pathways To Modern Diseases (by Anthony Samsell and Stephanie Sennef)

Monsanto Punishes Naysayers

http://www.ncparc.org/pubs/Herbicide%20Choices%20&%20Amphibian%20Conservation.pdf


Sevin Dust Search Terms

I have to laugh at a lot of the search terms that come through for Sevin Dust. These are search terms that people have used to access my site & learn about Sevin Dust.  Some of them are valid; others are just downright stupid. My thoughts follow in italicized print.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens.

is it ok to put seven dust in the water that you water your plants with? (Inside or outside plants? Why would you want to use a poison around your yard or – God forbid – IN your home on houseplants!)

can i use sevin dust on my dog? (No, Sevin Dust is poison & you can’t use it on your pets!)

Using sevin dust on pot (Are you kidding me? You’re going to smoke pot with Sevin Dust ON it? Sevin dust WILL cause lung damage – “Black Lung disease” – but never mind – you are going to absorb the Sevin through your lungs and into your bloodstream! You’re either pretty stupid,  pretty stoned or BOTH!)

does using seven dust make garden non organic? (Duh…, Sevin Dust is not an organic product and it’s poison – of COURSE your garden won’t be organic!)

is sevin dust safe for vegetables? (NO!  You’re going to EAT these vegetables? Why put poison on them?)

will seven granules hurt the birds if eaten? (Yes, “seven” is toxic to birds.  They mistake the granules for birdseed.)

can a person die from sevin dust? (You might not drop dead from eating it right away but it has a cumulative effect on your body can manifest itself in a variety of ways: neurological damage, increased chances of developing Parkinson’s disease, lung damage from breathing dust and increased chances of developing cancer. If pregnant – you might predispose your unborn child to a myriad of birth defects.  We are talking some serious long-term effects here.) 

7 dust around my plants not on them (Uh, your plants will absorb the Sevin Dust from the soil and if these are vegetable plants, you’ll still be eating Sevin Dust!)

where can i buy sevin in us? (Certainly NOT in the grocery store, brilliance! Why do you want to buy it anyway?)

is 7 dust safe for kids?  (No, children absorb pesticides at a higher rate than adults do.  Their bodies are still developing – why would you want to subject your children to a substance like Sevin Dust, thus predisposing them to an array of complications.)

is it natural for worms to rise after putting seven dust and it rained? (The worms are rising to the surface because of the rain and yes, you are going to kill the worms in your garden – even the birds who eat these worms – if you use Sevin.)

is sevens powder harmful to humans? (Yes it is. Why use something that, in an accident in 1984, killed 3,000 immediately following an explosion in a plant that manufactured it.  Sevin Dust IS poison.)

can you use sevin on vegetables? (Again, Sevin Dust is a toxic compound. Why would you want to put it on your food?)

what to do if you get sevin dust on skin (It says RIGHT ON THE PACKAGE not to get it on your skin.  How safe can something be if it’s dangerous to come in contact with?)

has sevin dust caused cancer in animals? (Yes it has caused cancer and reproductive illnesses in lab animals.  Vets have reported increased incidences in cancer in pets whose owners use Sevin and other lawn and yard chemicals.)


Use Self Rising Flour Instead of SEVIN DUST

 

Sevin dust IS POISON; self rising flour isn't!

Sevin dust IS POISON; self rising flour isn’t!

Unlike Sevin dust, it’s available in every grocery store.  It’s organic and best of all, it’s NOT poison! It won’t kill beneficial insects like bees. You can eat the residue without fear of any kind of health issues. It’s completely natural.

You can’t spread Sevin dust with your bare hands.  Self rising flour is completely harmless;  doesn’t matter if you get it on your skin.  You won’t be absorbing a poison pesticide through your hands or breathing its dust.

If your pets get into the garden, they’ll just get some flour on their coats or paws.  It won’t hurt them as Sevin will.

You can let your kids help in the garden, too, free of the fear that they’re near a dangerous pesticide like Sevin dust.  They can even help spread it!

Why does it work?  When a bug chomps down of a leaf and the self rising flour gets into their system, it expands.  BOOM!  Instant compost!  Sure if they munch your plants a bit, they won’t last long. Tomato horn worms weren’t a problem in my garden because of self rising flour.

WHY GROW A GARDEN AND PUT POISON ON IT?  Save yourself the time, the sweaty, grimy work out in the heat, the hours of back-breaking labor and just go to the grocery store and buy their pesticide-laden vegetables!


Got Sevin Dust? You’re Killing Bees!

BeeGot Sevin Dust? You’re killing bees.

From the label:

Environmental Hazards  BEE CAUTION:  MAY KILL HONEY BEES AND OTHER BEES   (<–Click on link & enlarge to see full text of Sevin label)

Product name GARDENTECH® SEVIN®-READY-TO-USE 5% DUST

Emergency Overview Caution! Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if absorbed through skin. Harmful if inhaled. Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing. Avoid breathing dust.

Ingestion Harmful if swallowed. This product causes reversible cholinesterase inhibition without long term effects. Repeated overexposure may cause more severe cholinesterase inhibition with more pronounced symptoms. May lead to rapid onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, involuntary shaking, excess salivation, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision, profuse sweating, temporary paralysis, respiratory depression, and convulsions. Do not take internally.

"Avoid contact with skin.  Do not breathe dust"

“Avoid contact with skin. Do not breathe dust”

Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or weeds if bees are visiting the treatment area.

Potential Environmental 
Effect

Extremely toxic to aquatic and estuarine invertebrates. Highly toxic to bees

Sevin

So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, if you are using Sevin Dust , YOU are helping to kill our very valuable bees.

I just went on the “duh” site, “Ask.com” and read all the moronic posts from Neanderthals who use this stuff. Why don’t people GET this? If you use any kind of garden chemical, especially Sevin Dust, you will kill beneficial insects like bees.

 RELATED:

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet on Sevin Dust including precautions


Sevin Dust Illegal in Many Countries: Top Seller in U.S.

While Americans sprinkle Sevin dust around their yards like sugar, it is banned in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Iran and Angola.  These countries are not convinced, as the United States is, that Sevin dust is safe.

The U.K. Chemicals Directorate Division of the Health and Safety branch is not convinced enough that Sevin dust is safe.  Because of the effects of ingestion, that’s EATING the stuff, folks, after you douse your vegetable garden with it — has been proven to cause cancer.

DO NOT USE THIS STUFF INDOORS ~or~ ON YOUR PETS!

Now the reason I am sounding off again on Sevin dust is because on this site, it is the #1 search term.  I should change the site name to SEVIN DUST is Icky or something like that.  Well, that’s the truth because it is!

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens, but illegal in many countries.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens, but illegal in many countries.

On a more serious side, continuous inhalation of Sevin dust can cause pneumoconiosis, more commonly referred to as “Black Lung Disease,” which is routinely found in coal miners, but the indication is also prominent in those who work in certain manufacturing industries. Pneumoconiosis causes hardening of the air sacs in the lungs caused from inflammation. Complications of pneumoconiosis include:  heart failure, lung cancer, respiratory failure.

Pregnant women should avoid exposure to Sevin dust because it can cause fetal abnormalities:  cardio and pulmonary, nervous system development, spontaneous abortion, ADD in their child and a host of other difficulties. Additionally, women whose pregnancies fall between the months of highest Sevin applications – May and September – have the highest instances of fetal distress in development.

Read my other posts on Sevin dust:

Sevin Dust is NOT Your Garden Friend

Sevin Dust: Why Grow Vegetables & Put POISON On Them?


Sevin Dust: Why Grow Vegetables and Put POISON on Them?

Photo:  USDA

Photo: USDA

In the summer months I work as a plant merchandiser in the garden center of a national home improvement store.  With the economy being what it is, many people are planting vegetable gardens. That’s admirable that so many people are taking the plunge into growing their own food.

People will go to great lengths to plant a vegetable garden.  They (hopefully) will pick the perfect spot in their yard: full sun for maximum growth.  Some will carefully map it out, meticulously planning every detail. To avoid critter intrusions, they’ll fence it.  Those who are more environmentally conscious may plan a watering system using a rain barrel.  They’ll get down and dirty, tilling, digging, turning, weeding, making paths, setting up trellises and row covers for cooler nights.

Then, when the weather is warm enough, they’ll venture to Lowe’s, Home Depot or a Mom-and-Pop garden center and buy seeds or plants. They will carefully nurture them and finally – plant their treasures with hopes of an abundant, cheaper and healthy food source for their family over the summer.

Then they will systematically poison it.

I was standing near the gate to the garden center chatting with the cashier.  A customer comes up with a cart of veggies destined for her garden.  She had collards, broccoli, lettuces and herbs.  After she’d paid for her things she suddenly remembered she’d forgotten something:  SEVIN DUST.

When I heard her mention this I calmly said, “No, you don’t need Sevin Dust.  Use self-rising flour.  You can sprinkle it on the same way you would Sevin. When a bug chomps down on a leaf containing the flour, it kills them by expanding in their systems!  Why plant a garden then poison it?”

It amazes me that people will go to such trouble to plant a garden, then poison it.  It’s not only the food they are poisoning, but they are putting dangerous chemicals on the ground around their home. If they have a well as their water source, then over time, they are poisoning their well.

If they’re trying to engage their kids and let them help in the garden, then Johnnie and Susie are being exposed to pesticides.

If your pets go into the garden, Sevin Dust will get on their paws and fur.  Cats will groom themselves; dogs, too, and it will get tracked into the house.

Additionally, Sevin Dust and other chemicals which are supposedly safe (HA!) for food are toxic to bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects.  People never seem to consider the good bugs:  they only want to kill the bad ones.  Sevin Dust kills the GOOD bugs as well as the bad ones!

Studies have shown that a child absorbs 10 times the amount of a pesticide than an adult.

Pregnant women should avoid areas treated with Sevin Dust because it can cause higher rates of fetal abnormalities.  Women pregnant from May to September have children with higher instances OF fetal abnormalities because of exposure to lawn chemicals.

Sevin Dust is a neurotoxin.

Sevin Dust IS NOT ORGANIC.

Sevin Dust can’t be used on your pets, either! It’s POISON!

Also – you CANNOT USE IT IN YOUR HOME

Read more on this website  about SEVIN 

https://foodtruthfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/sevin-dust-is-not-your-garden-friend/


Sevin Dust is NOT Your Garden Friend!

Americans have long had a torrid love affair with garden chemicals.  In their quest to have the perfect yard or picture-perfect vegetables, consumers spend millions on lawn & garden chemicals. In a per acre study, American consumers outpace farms in their use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides tenfold.

Sevin Dust and liquid are one of the most popular.  What is Sevin Dust exactly?

Sevin is a pesticide.  Pesticides are neurotoxins, which in plain English means that they act on the nervous system of the insect.*  In insects they scramble nerve impulses causing neurological misfires and ending in paralysis and death.

History

Carbaryl (1-naphthyl methylcarbamate) is the chemical name for Sevin.  It’s been around for a long time, developed in the 1950’s by Union Carbide. It was touted by Carbide as a broad spectrum insecticide and pushed to American farmers, supposedly with little after effects or residue. As a kid in the 50’s I remember my Dad using Sevin Dust on his tomatoes and in the garden. Today many people still use it on their gardens and especially on their vegetable plants to kill a wide variety of insects.

Over the years Sevin was proffered on third world countries as a savior for their insect ravaged crops.  Latin America was targeted first, then India.  What wasn’t realized at the time was that the drier conditions of western Asia naturally lead to crop failure in the first place and no miracle chemical, even Sevin, could save them.  Unknowingly Union Carbide’s Sevin insidiously poisoned and sickened the people of this region.

Those old enough probably remember the horrific Bhopal disaster in 1984 at the Union Carbide plant in India. The plant was built in 1980 and would not only produce carbaryl, but also two other key ingredients used  in the manufacture of Sevin, Methyl isocyanate,  a highly toxic, flammable liquid and phosgene, also highly toxic and carbon monoxide were produced at the Bhopal facility.  It was due to phasing out of the plant in 1984, cutbacks in maintenance and personnel that precipitated the Bhopal accident which killed 3,000 people outright, sickened thousands and led to the death of thousands more in the following weeks.  For years thereafter many died from illnesses related to the accident.  Dow now owns Union Carbide.

Why NOT To Use It?

Human exposure, be it from direct skin contact, inhalation or ingestion, leads to nausea, impaired cognitive development and tremors. Higher incidences of Parkinson’s disease have been reported by the Harvard School of Public health and the Mayo Clinic. The American Veterinary Medical Association shows related cancer rates in dogs exposed to lawn care  and garden chemicals. Other concerns: the compounds that make up Sevin are mutagens causing fetal abnormalities during pregnancy, reproductive dysfunctions in males and females, kidney and liver damage and behavioral problems in humans and animals. Carbaryl is an inhibitor of the cholinesterase enzyme, found in nervous tissue, red blood cells. It is also a carcinogen and has shown to induce DNA damage in humans, animals and plants. Breakdown of this chemical in the stomach, coupled with ingestion of sodium nitrate, a common food additive, forms nitrosocarbaryl, a more potent mutagenic compound.

Sevin is highly toxic to bees, aquatic invertebrates, and mollusks.  Groundwater contamination and subsequent runoff affects the entire food chain. It also increases the toxicity of another common yard chemical, 2-4-D or Scotts Weed & Feed or Miracle Grow.

Is it SAFE?

For all those wondering if Sevin is safe:  no it is not. It is not a “natural” or “organic” garden chemical.  It is dangerous.  It is toxic. Eating food treated with Sevin Dust or Sevin liquid will cause low levels of poisoning (see above) and in higher doses *will* cause damage and illness to the human body.

Continuous inhalation of Sevin Dust can cause pneumoconiosis, more commonly referred to as “Black Lung Disease,” which is routinely found in coal miners, but the indication is also prominent in those who work in certain manufacturing industries. Pneumoconiosis causes hardening of the air sacs in the lungs caused from inflammation. Complications of pneumoconiosis include:  heart failure, lung cancer, respiratory failure.

Pregnant women should avoid exposure to Sevin Dust because it can cause fetal abnormalities: cardio and pulmonary, nervous system development, spontaneous abortion, ADD in their child and a host of other difficulties. Additionally, women whose pregnancies fall between the months of highest Sevin applications – May and September – have the highest instances of fetal distress in development.

Read the following post  on this site:  “If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS” for more information. If you’ve read the package warnings, it’s enough to scare anybody. Bottom line:  it’s poison not only for insects but for humans and animals.  DON’T USE this on your garden or in your yard.  

When you use any pesticides on plants you are growing for food, you are eating that chemical! Whether in dust form or spray, the plant absorbs the chemical from the soil and leaves. In the end it gets into that food you are growing — and eating!

SEE ALSO:  Sevin Dust – Why Grow Vegetables And Put Poison On Them?  

Better Choices

Plenty of home remedies exist but you have to accept one fact:  your garden will not be 100% perfect and yes, the bugs will eat some things.  Better to let them have a sacrificial plant or veggies that aren’t picture perfect.  I’d much rather eat something that has no chemicals on it than its opposite choice.

Old fashioned insect deterrents include good old soap and water to retard fungus, watering wisely as in don’t over water which encourages disease,  keeping areas around plants clean of dead leaves (especially roses) and using certain natural ingredients such as hot peppers to put the bite on bugs.

Some of my favorites:  Save your bath water.  It’s got soap in it which is a natural insect deterrent and acts as a natural fungicide.  Even better if you’ve taken an Epsom salts bath:  the magnesium from the Epsom salts promotes growth in plants.  Use this to water your plants.  Add some cayenne pepper to the mix and pour it over your plants.  Bugs will get a big surprise when they bite the leaves.  Murphy’s Oil Soap is another great garden pest killer.  Mix a small amount in a bucket of water and douse the plants in your garden.  It also kills Japanese beetles on contact! Need a weed killer?  Boil about a half-gallon of white vinegar.  Mix in 1-2 cups of salt.  Stir until salt dissolves.  Add a few squirts of Dawn dish detergent.  Use a spray bottle or handheld sprayer.  Your weeds will be toast in a day or two.

Last summer I battled tomato hornworms  and other nasties quite successfully with self rising flour. The little monsters will chomp on a leaf, ingest some of the flour and soon after — BOOM!  The flour will rise in their moist guts and they’ll blow up, becoming instant compost!  Another plus was that I planted mums all around my garden.  I had very few instances of bugs chomping things.

Living in the country, I’ve got a problem with critters dumping my potted plants or digging up my newly planted ones.  Take some jalapeño peppers (or hot cherry peppers) and rub it around the rim of the pot.  Sprinkle some hot, hot cayenne or bird’s eye pepper around the base of the pot (or around the plant) in just inside the rim.  Mr. Skunk or Possum will be in for a big shock when he gets a snoot full of that stuff!  Trust me; your plants WON’T be dug up!

My long time plant hero, Jerry Baker, has been an inspiration to me for over 40 years. Visit his website to learn some of my favorite gardening tricks – and garden without Sevin, Round-Up, Weed-B-Gon or other poisons!

*They also act on the nervous system of humans.

Very Important Read below

If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!

Editor’s Note:  This was originally published on my old site, Good Food 4 All.  Some of the articles I still have in my archives and will republish.  This one in particular bears repeating because gardening season is coming up again and many people think Sevin Dust is harmless.