Here in Florida, where nature strives mightily to take back your manicured yard and thoughtfully designed pool patios, RoundUp weed killer is something of a religion for homeowners. Grass growing through your pavers? RoundUp. Weeds choking through the fence from your neighbors yard? RoundUp. Too busy to weed whack near the sides of your house where all those stubborn vines like to grow? RoundUp to the rescue.
But this week the World Health Organization has determined
that the active ingredient in RoundUp, glyphosate
, "probably" causes cancer. That's something many people have long suspected but RoundUp manufacturer Monsanto has fervently denied. Studies have come out in the past that determined that the stuff wasn't good for you, but the company has a whole page on its website
containing info that says it's just fine.
In 2013, the U.S. EPA even increased the amount
of glyphosate permitted to be found in food crops.
In the meantime, did you know you can kill weeds with vinegar
? Or even plain old boiling water
? Maybe not as effective in the long run as RoundUp, but there is such a thing as too good to be true.