Gardening Articles for week ending 17th March 2018

Gardeners have two types of plants to contend with, preferred plants which are the ones that we want in our gardens and then the unwanted plants which can loosely be described as weeds.

Some gardeners actually grow various 'weeds' as they are beneficial for health, for composting or for making composted plant teas/food such as Comfrey.

The true definition of a weed is a plant growing where you dont want it.

Many years ago before we had chemical herbicides to kill unwanted plants; (the fact is that people have been gardening on this planet for thousands of years without chemical crutches.)

Back then numerous gardening methods actually encouraged weeds as these would be composted or layered to increase soil fertility. The only obvious difference is labour intensive weed management compared to an easy spray job and also more healthy compared to less healthy.

Various herbicides have over the years been found to be dangerous and then banned from use, two quickly come to mind being paraquat and agent orange, (It is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4,5-T and2,4-D

In addition to its damaging environmental effects, the chemical has caused major health problems for many individuals who were exposed.)

There is a pattern that has occurred over many years, a new chemical herbicide (or another type of chemical rescue) is introduced, it is deemed safe by the manufactures, it is widely used and then problems start to appear and in particular the health of the users. 

Independent scientists do studies and find health problems with the chemical. 

The studies are peer reviewed and agree that they should ban the chemical. 

The manufactures fight back with their paid for scientists and Universities and lobbyists of the manufacture go to work on the Govt and Govt departments to prevent banning. 

Lobbyists submit studies that are the paid for results to pooh hooey the Independent Science studies. Arguments are used such as if the farmers and horticulturalist dont have this chemical they will be handicapped in production and affect the economy. 

Where possible bribes can be used which can mean that a Govt person that holds the power to give thumbs up or down will have the future benefits of a cozy highly paid job when they leave the Govt.

In an industry where the annual profits are measured in millions and billions it is not hard to ensure their chemical keeps on selling for many years even if they actually know it is dangerous and a very big health risk to the users and the consumers.

They can pay for editorials in newspapers, magazines and industry related publications and if a paper is published which shows studies of the detrimental aspects of the chemical, that publication loses a big chunk of income from advertising from the chemical company. 

Grants to scientists and universities disappear if they produce anything that may harm the chemical companies bottom line.

Thats how it works and thats how it was with the tobacco industry same game. SSDD.

Glyphosate is likely to take top place as the most controversial herbicide ever. 

Monsanto with its very profitable Roundup is a shining example of how the system can be used as they fight tooth and nail to protect their profits while independent research produces studies that relate to the dangers of the chemical.

The biggest health issue is the amount of the chemical in our food chain which our Govt through NZFS will not test for and make public. The reason is likely they are too scared to do so as to what they may find and have to report.

This week I received an article from a scientist that has been studying the chemical glyphosate and here are some extracts:

According to research scientist Stephanie Seneff, PhD, autism – which she calls “the most pressing disease in the world today” – could affect 50 percent of the children born in the United States by 

the year 2025. And, although many in the corporately-controlled scientific community roll their eyes at such a warning, Dr. Seneff believes that glyphosate has a lot to do with the problem.

To arrive at her chilling prediction, Dr. Seneff reports that she merely extended the exponential curve that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has employed in their research on rates of autism spectrum disorder over the past three decades. 

In 2014, the CDC released data on the prevalence of autism in the United States, reporting that the condition affects one in 68 children.

Dr. Seneff maintains that skyrocketing autism rates are linked with glyphosate, the toxic herbicide in Monsanto’s Roundup.

 In addition to autism, Dr. Seneff reports that glyphosate has been linked to a plethora of diseases and conditions, including ADHD, food allergies, asthma, leaky gut, IBD, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, heart disease and cancer. 

Glyphosate’s effect on human health, says Dr. Seneff, is nothing short of “devastating.”

Glyphosate, which has been classified as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization (WHO), was originally developed as a heavy metal chelation agent, intended to clear pipes. It was then patented as an anti-microbial agent – before eventually being employed as a weed-killer.

Dr. Seneff warns that glyphosate disrupts hormones, interferes with the metabolism of cholesterol, impairs the liver’s ability to detoxify the body and disturbs the vital balance of the gut microbiome.

To make matters worse, glyphosate causes red blood cells to maintain low levels of vitamin C – leading to atherosclerosis and heart disease. It also causes fatty liver disease by disrupting fructose metabolism, as well as disrupting sulfate synthesis.

By interfering with a specific pathway used by beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal tract, glyphosate can cause deficiencies in amino acids and affect the function of neurotransmitters. These can include serotonin, dopamine and melatonin – chemicals needed for stable mood and a better night’s sleep. End.

I read about food crops such as wheat being sprayed with glyphosate prior to harvesting to dry out the crop and facilitate easier harvesting. Wheat becomes flour, flour becomes bread then we digest a chemical.

Cotton crops are mostly sprayed with glyphosate pre-harvest; (except for certified organic cotton) now think for a moment; cotton is used for hygiene and medical products. 


To assist with a glyphosate detox, an experienced integrative healthcare provider may also recommend sulfur-containing supplements, such as alpha-lipoic acid and MSM (methylsulfonymethane). End.

Maybe you may think twice before you spray your weeds with a harmful chemical.

There are better and safer ways to kill unwanted plants without putting your health at risk.

Also in your food chain try and avoid products such as oils that are produced overseas from GE crops that are Roundup-ready meaning they can be sprayed with Roundup to kill weeds while growing without killing the crop.

Current Roundup Ready crops include soy, corn, canolaalfalfacotton, and sorghum, with wheat under development. 

All of the above are in our Supermarkets imported in food products and it would be great if the public knew how much glyphosate was in them such as soy and canola cooking oils.

It is very difficult to completely avoid harmful chemicals so the best you can do for your health is continually remove these chemicals from your body by detoxing..

In the garden find alternative ways to remove weeds without using harmful chemicals. 

There are some that work better & quicker than glyphosate and not harmful to your health and environment in comparison.

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