Posted: 11/05/2015 at 22:27
Why Sir Francis Drake? Ducks don't eat bluebells ...
Isn't "an invasive thing that spreads and spreads underground" exactly what glyphosate's meant to remove?
Oh, wait. Carcinogenic now, allegedly. Avaaz are out to get it banned asap.
Yeah, they can ban glyphosate, then they can come round here in full plastic suits with breathing gear, dig out the giant hogweed to a depth of 2 feet and incinerate the roots and contaminated soil in situ because that and glyphosate are the only things that work and I ain't doin' all that diggin' in a plastic suit in summer!
Hmmm. The usually very respectable Nature has a review of the issue, and they don't come to much of a conclusion.
The last time I heard of something turning out to cause cancer it was one of the ingredients in that popular hand-wash stuff. Turns out if you feed several grams of it a day to lines of lab mice prone to cancer, their incidence of cancer goes up a little bit ... so ... ah ... don't eat the soap?
I guess the glyphosate thing still needs more research but for now at least wear gloves, wash your hands after using it, don't spray it on lunch and don't inhale the spray, huh? In my case, the only reason I even own it is giant hogweed, and that kind of makes the risk look worthwhile. Heck, maybe wearing gloves reduces my risk of melanoma by more than using glyphosate increases my risk of lymphoma. I don't know. I'm no oncologist.