Headlines across the gardening world and elsewhere are telling us that Roundup is "linked to human birth defects". Well, that's alarming, but I've signed on to Jon Stewart's sanity campaign, not the "Keep Fear Alive" movement led by Stephen Colbert's character, so I thought I'd at least read the article.
And even in that shortened version, it turns out that birth defects have been found when whole communities are sprayed with Roundup from airplanes, fer crissakes.
So if what you're doing with Roundup is occasionally squirting it on the leaves of poison ivy (that's me – I confess!) or even if you're using it to kill invasive plants or to install a meadow, Roundup may still be the best solution to the problem. Integrated Pest Management means – yes – sometimes using synthetics.
By the way, I heard John Greenlee speak to the Landscape Architects the other day and he seems to agree that fear of Roundup is overblown. To him, it's the genetically modified Roundup-Ready crops that are alarming, not the Roundup itself.
Oh, about the rally. It's a short subway ride away, so how could I resist?