What are Herbicides and Fungicides?

What is a herbicide? This is a chemical agent used for the control of weeds. It is used in many different areas but 70% of its usage is in agriculture. A herbicide can vary in toxicity and can cause everything from a mild rash to death. Studies have linked Parkinson’s disease to herbicides.

 

These chemicals are applied as a water based spray using ground equipment. As I said they are, for the most part used by the agriculture industry, but anyone can buy these types of products. Wal-Mart sells Roundup, that is a herbicide we can use to destroy the weeds in and around our homes.

 

If you are going to use a herbicide I recommend that you use a mask, so you don’t breathe in the toxin and wear gloves to protect your skin. Do not get this chemical on your skin. However, I do not recommend the use of a chemical pesticide. A solution of 15% to 20% white distilled vinegar will do the same job as Roundup and it is much safer to you and the environment.

 

Put the vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the offending plants. This works in the same way Roundup works, it burns the plant up. This should be done on a sunny day, and be sure not to get it on any plants you want to live.

 

What is a Fungicide? A fungicide is a chemical used, for the most part by agriculture. This type of chemical helps to prevent mold and mildew on crops, saving the farmer time and money. For the most part they are used on fruit bearing plants, but not exclusively. A fungicide can be bought at a retail store and are typically sold in liquid form. It can be found in a powdered form, but this is much more toxic.

Some fungicides are harmful to humans, such as Vinclozolin, which has been pulled from the market. Many different types of fungicides are used in human health care. Overall, a fungicide is a chemical, but they seem to be the least problematic. Only time will tell.

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