Last year we had a nice guy working on our yard who was highly recommended by my wife’s friend. I explained to him that we only wanted safe and natural products used on our yard. He said that he understood and I didn’t think anything of it.
Half an hour later I saw that he was spraying Roundup on our weeds. I stopped him and asked him if he wanted his children or grandchildren to have to live with that stuff in their water. He didn’t know what to say.
Years ago I worked for San Diego Florist Supply on El Cajon Boulevard in North Park, San Diego. My employers asked me to stop at a certain supply store on my way to El Cajon (the city) as I delivered to florist shops in that area. Back then you couldn’t buy Roundup because the government considered it too dangerous. My bosses could get it because they had a commercial license, but they told me they were going to use it at home. That was the only way they could do that.
In the Reagan Era there was a lot of deregulation and I’m pretty sure that’s how Roundup came to be sold to the general public. The government decided that each citizen could decide if they wanted to live with the danger.
There are some problems with this type of thinking. If you are ok with that stuff, what about minors that live with you who don’t get to make that decision? Also, how do you keep it from spreading to your neighbor’s area and you certainly can’t keep it out of the groundwater. This type of product can’t be contained to just affect you.
Additionally, many people assume that the government would warn them if it was truly dangerous. That’s much less true than it was in the 1970’s, when I came of age. So, buyer beware!
Here’s an article about the potential danger of Roundup: