Green Thumb, Green in Your Wallet
In the current economy, people are doing what they can to save money. For some people, this means staying in on a Friday night instead of going out with their friends. For others, they live at home with their parents so that they can save up for a place of their own while they pay off their student loans. The most common way to save money is to eat at home as opposed to eating at a restaurant. Most home-cooked meals are going to be a lot cheaper than a meal at a fast-food establishment, so it’s fitting to cut back there. However, fresh produce can be expensive, especially in food deserts and areas where most produce is shipped from across the country. As an alternative to buying fruits and vegetables at the local supermarket, many have turned to growing their own foods.
Aside from the initial startup costs, a garden is a great way to have fruits and vegetables year-round at a low cost! A properly maintained garden can provide food for the family every day, so long as it is being taken care of. Part of this involves dealing with aphids, and another part of this involves picking the right produce. It’s important to have fruits and vegetables that can grow in the climate of the garden, otherwise, the garden is not going to flourish properly. Weeds must also be taken care of before they overtake the limited space of the garden. These plants, such as crabgrass and dandelions, are notorious for tripling in size overnight, so they must be pulled the first time that they are seen. Additionally, the roots must be destroyed and any seeds must be eradicated. It’s a long and grueling process, but seeing a basket full of home-grown tomatoes will make it all worth.
One way people try to nuke invasive plant species is through the use of herbicides. These solutions were designed to keep certain plants healthy while killing weeds and preventing them from growing back. Roundup is the herbicide most used in the United States, everywhere from small nurseries to major agricultural corporations. However, this product contains glyphosate. Glyphosate has been linked to various cancers, the most common of which being non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia, as well as many other diseases.
The Driscoll Firm, P.C. has class-action lawsuits against Monsanto for knowingly distributing Roundup despite their awareness of glyphosate’s side effects If you decide to purchase an herbicide to combat the invasive plants in your yard or garden, make sure to check for glyphosate on the label or in the list of ingredients. The presence of the chemical can have a nasty consequence. A garden that was designed as a means to save money may end up costing you thousands of dollars in medical bills and other expenses. If you’ve already been exposed to Roundup, or think you’ve been eaten produce contaminated with it, make sure you know your options and see if you’re eligible to join the class-action lawsuit.