Dutch Government Bans Over The Counter Sales Of Glyphosphates, Including RoundUp.
Mexico and Russia have already banned Monsanto’s ‘RoundUp’ herbicide, and other Glyphosphate products. France and Brazil are also planning to follow in the footsteps of Mexico, Russia and Holland, by banning Glyphosphates.
In Holland, the Party For The Animals has been campaigning for a ban on glyphosphate-containing herbicides such as RoundUp, as well as neonicotinoid insecticides. From the end of 2015, no more glyphosphates will be sold in garden centres in Holland for private use.
This move to restrict the use of Glyphosphate-containing herbicides shows great promise for our future health. I hope that New Zealand will join the other countries which are about to follow suit with a RoundUp and Glyphosphate ban, as well as a Neonicotinoid ban. However, what the world needs is a complete ban on such harmful poisons as Glyphosphate and Nicotinoids.
Nicotinoid poisons are used in many insecticides, and, like Glyphosphate, kill bees and other useful little insects, butterflies and moths.
These substances are a very great danger to our environment and to our health. The extent of the damage is impossible to predict, but it is known for a fact that Neonicotinoid poisons are a primary cause of ‘Bee Colony Collapse Disorder’. Read my earlier post about ‘Bee Colony Collapse Disorder’ and the relationship to Neonicotinoid poisons.
All chemical herbicides and insecticides are harmful to our own health, as well as the health of all animals, insects, birds, and trees, which inadvertantly affects the general health of the planet.
New Zealanders, generally speaking, are too trusting of the assurances of chemical and drug companies. They use RoundUp and other dangerous herbicides and insecticides without any regard for their own health, or the health of the people who will be subjected to their toxic spraying procedures. They believe that they must be safe, otherwise you would not be able to buy them. Wrong.
RoundUp, and other harmful Glyphosphate-containing products have been sold over the counter for years, in user-friendly packaging, with the assurance from the garden centre assistants that the stuff is pretty harmless.
My own family of farmers and orchardists have obstinately stuck for generations now, to the mistaken ideas that poisonous chemicals are necessary for food production, and that they do not pose a problem for our health at all. Meanwhile we watch family members succumbing to cancer, alzheimer’s, and mysterious fatal diseases of the nervous system.
Of course, the assurances given by the chemical and drug companies about the harmlessness of ‘RoundUp’ and other toxic chemicals is a fallacy.
RoundUp is surely a major poison in our environment, and is the cause of many on-going health problems, as well as degenerative diseases such as Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Osteoporosis and other diseases.
Glyphosphate in RoundUp can also cause mental and emotional troubles, such as depression, insomnia, and skin diseases. It also affects the eye-sight, as I have found. Read my earlier post on RoundUp and Candida for more information about ill-health and RoundUp.
RoundUp is also killing off our valuable wild herbs called ‘weeds’, the very herbs which are needed by bees and other insects to stay healthy, and which serve as medicine for the soil itself,.
Monsanto and other chemical companies which make and profit from the sales of Glyphosphate herbicides have much accounting to do for their deliberately misleading blurbs about the innocuous effects of their product. The situation is not too much different to the cigarette companies who have mislead people about the ‘harmless’ effects of smoking for over a period of around 50 years or more. Now we know for a fact that smoking is very dangerous for the life and health of the individual smoker, as well as the people nearby who inhale second-hand smoke. As if we couldn’t tell without the evidence anyhow.
Crops Will Still Be Sprayed: But still there is much work to be done, in Holland and elsewhere, as this law change and resulting restriction on Glyphosphate-RoundUp sales will only affect the common householder. Farmers and orchardists, and councils and government bodies will still have the right to use Glyphosphate poisons where and when they choose.
The crops will still be sprayed, as will the grass verges around the towns and parks, and bushwalk reserves.
This is an unknown quantity, but even with the proposed ban on private Glyphosphate use, probably more than 75% overall of the current RoundUp or Glyphosphate usage will still be poured into our environments and onto our food crops.
We need an outright ban on all toxic chemicals used in agriculture, not just on Glyphosphate and Neonicatinoids. Sustainable, organic agriculture is the only way to go.
Sustainable Food and Sustainable Agriculture
‘Sustainable Pulse’, is a website which is aimed at protecting the health of people, animals and planet. It promotes organic systems of weed and insect control instead of chemical controls, and endeavours to increase awareness about the dangers of using toxic chemicals on our crops and in our environment.
Here is an excerpt from ‘Sustainable Pulse’ about the dangers of Glyphosphate, which is a component of commonly used RoundUp. This was posted on 4th April, 2014.
‘Glyphosphate is increasingly associated with health problems such as infertility, birth defects, damage to the nervous system, Parkinson’s disease and several forms of cancer. In addition to health risks for humans, the usage of chemical pesticides can also lead to loss of biodiversity and difficulties with purifying drinking water.’
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