Definition - What does Glyphosate Herbicide mean?
Glyphosate-based herbicide formulations are widely used by growers and farmers to control and kill weeds and invasive species. Glyphosate products are broad-spectrum, meaning they will kill any type of plant they come in contact with. Most often, they are applied to the leaves of plants to kill broadleaf plants and grasses. Glyphosate comes in many forms, such as acids and salts (liquids or solids).
Glyphosate was first registered for use in the United States in 1974. Glyphosate was created by Monsanto, and while used around the world in landscaping, forestry, and agriculture, its use has been criticized by state and local governments, human rights groups, environmentalists, and many other groups for years. It has been listed as a cancer-causing agent by the state of California.
Scientifically speaking, glyphosate is an organophosphorus compound known as a phosphonate.
MaximumYield explains Glyphosate Herbicide
In order to ensure healthy growth and to eliminate competition, farmers and gardeners using in-ground planting techniques need access to the right tools. Glyphosate herbicide is one of their most commonly used tools – it’s an herbicidal agent that kills a very broad range of plants, ranging from weeds to woody plants and grasses. There are more than 750 products containing glyphosate for sale in the United States alone.
You’ll find glyphosate herbicide as the active ingredient in some of the world’s most popular brands, including Roundup and Rodeo Aquatic Herbicide to name just two. This is due to its significant effectiveness in eliminating weeds and invasive plant species.
However, glyphosate herbicide is not without its drawbacks. Heavy use of Roundup has led to the rise of Roundup-resistant weeds, which means that these plants are able to withstand glyphosate, even though they are technically supposed to be targeted by the herbicide. There are also other concerns with this herbicide. For instance, while pure glyphosate has a low level of toxicity for humans, the additional ingredients in herbicidal mixes increases that toxicity, making it dangerous for humans, pets, farm animals, and wild animals.
The state of California has registered glyphosate as a known cancer-causing agent. Note that a single application of glyphosate herbicide can remain in the soil for six months or even longer, continuing to kill plants and cause toxin-like problems for humans or animals that come in contact with it during that time.