This is not really what I expected to be putting forth for my first thread here. This will seem kind of ho-hum at first glance, but I think it could
illustrate some important issues about dangerous chemicals (and the shady corporations that patent and widely distribute them).
Four years ago, I began living in a small house here in Kilmarnock, Virginia. I moved up here from Charlotte to be near my parents, who are in great
health but in their early 70s. I pay my mortgage to mom, but no cushy family deal; it's a real mortgage! Anyway, I take a lot of my mom and dad's
advice when it comes to lawn care, since they have more experience than me. They had the idea of killing the entire front lawn and replanting it with
better grass. So, I complied. I imagine this was done with good ol' Monsanto's Roundup, the most popular wide-spectrum herbicide. It certainly
worked! Of course, the lawn was dead, brown, and ugly until the new grass came in, but now I have the best front lawn in the neighborhood!
I didn't think too much of this, though I am no fan of Monsanto and a bit scared of that Glyphosate stuff in Roundup, until an interesting thing
happened a few days ago. I have a birdbath in the back, and while I was about to fill it up, realized that it really needed a good cleaning. I
decided to use some baking soda and vinegar, since I have a good supply of both, and I thought it would be a harmless thing to use. It was also fun
to watch it foam up like it does! I gave that birdbath a good scrubbing, and then tilted the baking soda/white vinegar mixture onto the grass beside
the birdbath, rinsed, and filled the bath with fresh water. Thought nothing of it for a couple days.
The next time I went out to fill the birdbath, I saw a very curious thing: The grass where I had dumped the soda and vinegar was just as dead as the
lawn treated with Roundup, and had gotten that way, if anything, faster. It ain't coming back. The entire area is dead, for a couple feet, but the
grass that didn't get directly soaked is fine.
This got me to thinking: if baking soda and vinegar does the same thing as Roundup, why do we use Roundup? Is it perhaps because Monsanto can't
patent a mixture of baking soda and vinegar like they did the Glyphosate molecule? Would you rather I doused you with a foaming mixture of baking
soda and vinegar, or a bucket of Roundup? Sure, you are a human, not a lawn. It would certainly be annoying to be doused with the soda and vinegar,
but it wouldn't hurt you. Roundup might.
Just something to think about...
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