Monday, July 18, 2011

Bottom Line: Herbicides are NOT SAFE

NYT: New Herbicide Suspected in Tree Deaths

"A recently approved herbicide called Imprelis, widely used by landscapers because it was thought to be environmentally friendly, has emerged as the leading suspect in the deaths of thousands of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other trees on lawns and golf courses across the country.

Manufactured by DuPont and conditionally approved for sale last October by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Imprelis is used for killing broadleaf weeds like dandelion and clover and is sold to lawn care professionals only. Reports of dying trees started surfacing around Memorial Day, prompting an inquiry by DuPont scientists....

...For some landscapers, the die-off has been catastrophic. “It’s been devastating,” said Matt Coats, service manager for Underwood Nursery in Adrian, Mich. “We’ve made 1,000 applications and had 350 complaints of dead trees, and it’s climbing. I’ve done nothing for the last three weeks but deal with angry customers.”

“We’re seeing some trees doing O.K., with just the tips getting brown, and others are completely dead and it looks like someone took a flamethrower to them,” he said.

So far, the herbicide seems to affect trees with shallow root systems, including willows, poplars and conifers, he said.

MAJIA HERE: Now that the public health effects of Round-Up are being publicized (including birth defects and infertility), the chemical companies are struggling to find new herbicides.

Read: Round-up and Birth Defects: Is the Public Being Kept in the Dark?

The public should realize that chemicals that kill insects and plant life are very, very likely to have significant adverse effects for people as well over time because of bio-accumulation and synergies with other artificial chemicals in our bodies.

More efforts toward our collective suicide...

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