Roundup is one of the best-known weed killers on the market. Founded in 1974, it has enjoyed over 40 years of huge popularity with professionals and the public alike. It’s used in agriculture, public spaces like golf courses and parks, and by the green-fingered in their gardens at home. It’s popularity stems from the fact that it is a non-selective herbicide – this means it will kill almost all plants that it comes in contact with.
Recent research however, has shown that this particular weed killer, and many others like it that are made with glyphosate, may be harmful to us. Some studies have even suggested it may cause cancer. This research isn’t confirmed, and we are still unsure of the negative effects these glyphosate-based weed killers have on humans. However, there is much more and stronger proof that these weed killers are harming insects, and particularly our honeybees.
Glyphosate works by damaging certain plant enzymes. However, some bacteria also use this enzyme – including bacteria found in the intestines of most bees. When bees come in contact with glyphosate, the chemical reduces this bacteria, leaving bees vulnerable to pathogens and premature death.
What can I use instead of Roundup?
After much research, we have found a fantastic eco-friendly, glyphosate-free weed killer that will effectively kill your weeds – without harming our busy bees. This herbicide is called Slasher. It will kill your weeds, moss, algae and lichen on contact, and can be used anywhere around the home – including garden beds, veggie patches, paths and driveways. Slasher is widely available online across Australia.
If you want to help protect our bees – and in doing so, protect our whole ecosystem – then throw your Roundup away and get yourself a glyphosate-free weed killer!
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