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Clamp down on glycophosphates?

by Creusebear » Sat 08 Apr 2017 08:53

On a recent visit to a garden centre I noticed the weed killer aisle was roped off and in our local farmers shop there were no weed killers on the shelf at all. Has there been a recent change in the regs in selling glycophosphates?
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Re: Clamp down on glycophosphates?

by virtdave » Sun 09 Apr 2017 00:17

glyphosate is under a lot of scrutiny recently--a WHO report last year concluded it's unlikely to be a significant risk in the home garden, and banning it in garden centers may be overkill. If it does pose a danger, it's probably related to its use in agriculture. Our farmer neighbors in St-Georges-Nigremont were using it rather enthusiastically a while ago, when we return (next month!) I'll ask them what they think now. Many years ago I snuck a litre if a (probably much more toxic) herbicide, Genoxone, into the USA--I imagine that'd no longer be tolerated. I believe it's been banned in Califonia for a while, but there's nothing more effective for poison oak, a nasty plant native to the Western USA to which I have a violent sensitivity. In the past ten years, I've used approximately 300cc's of the litre.
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Re: Clamp down on glycophosphates?

by Creusebear » Mon 10 Apr 2017 20:35

Fair enough, We all need to do our bit. So no more Roundup or 'Ronup' as my lovely old neighbour used to say with a thick Berrichon accent - took me ages to figure out what he was talking about! Does anyone have any recommendations for alternative weed control?
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