Roundup is what's known as a broad-spectrum herbicide, because it kills nearly anything green.  When I say nearly everything green I mean, from Crabgrass to Milkweed, yes Milkweed the plant that Monarch butterflies need to feed on.  When I was a child we would drive out to Stillwater to go boating and I remember seeing Milkweed everywhere in the ditches with 1000’s Monarchs all over them.  When I last went out to Stillwater last summer I could count on my hands the Milkweed and Monarchs I saw.

The Basics Of Roundup

With more and more people realizing the effects of Roundup not only in their own gardens, but the effect it has worldwide we have decided to explain why we don’t sell Roundup.  

I was reminded after I was at a seminar at a local nursery a few weeks back that talked about the benefits of organic gardening and how they are going green for the environment.  I was very pleased until I walked around their store and noticed Roundup products.  I asked a clerk why they are selling such a horrible product if they are trying to sell their customers about going green.  Her reply was “If they don’t buy it from us, they will buy it somewhere”  That might be true, but to tell your customers your all about going green and saving the planet when you sell a product that is killing the environment is all about marketing and profits.

After I left, I stopped at a few other nursery’s ranging from the big stores to some mom and pop stores.  What I saw and experienced at every one of them was, “We are going green, we want to save the planet, we sell organic products for your health because we care.”  It was the same story over and over again.  It was simple marketing about “Look at us and how much we care about you and the environment, but go down isle 9 and buy some Roundup.”  Marketing and profits was their story, saving the environment was just a marketing tool.

Its main ingredient is Glyphosate, but studies show Glyphosate is not as good as it is billed. Glyphosate is less toxic than many other herbicides, but it's still the third most commonly reported cause of illness among agricultural workers in California. Glyphosate products are acutely toxic to humans and animals, with symptoms like eye and skin irritation (lasting up to 7 days), cardiac depression, gastrointestinal pain, vomiting, and accumulation of excess fluid in the lungs. Glyphosate can cause other long-term damage. Population studies show increased miscarriages and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Animal studies show genetic damage, reduced sperm counts, cataracts, and thyroid, pancreas, and liver tumors.  For landscape maintenance workers, it ranks highest in their field as respiratory problem.
When the vast majority of today's most prevalent diseases can be traced to the same long-term side effects brought about by exposure to Roundup, we have a very real public health crisis on our hands.

Why We Don’t Sell Roundup At Minnesota Gardens

It’s Effect On Your Environment

Why Roundup Is Bad
(It’s Effects On You And Your Family)