We are a Glyphosate free orchard

We are a Glyphosate free orchard

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in roundup, the worlds most commonly used weed killer. It is a chemical that is intended to absorb into the leaves of a plant and travel all the way to its roots to kill it. Imagine what exposure to such a chemical could cause to your skin or digestive system. It has been linked to cancers, digestive disorders and autoimmune disorders. In spite of the challenges avoiding this effective herbicide creates for us we are choosing to manage weeds in other ways for everyone’s safety.

We are choosing to manage weeds in other ways for everyone’s safety.

Here are some resources that explain the dangers of Roundup:

Hazards of the World’s Most Common Herbicide
New scientific studies link Roundup (glyphosate), the most widely used herbicide in the world, to a host of health risks, such as cancer, miscarriages and disruption of human sex hormones.

Roundup Weed Killer Kills More Than Weeds
Alarming new research on the health hazards of Roundup weed killer is shining a harsh light on a regulatory process that was meant to protect us.

Glyphosate Use
This chart shows that glyphosate use in the United States has been steadily increasing every year, for many years.

GMO Debate Continues as Studies of Herbicides Reveal Chronic Health Problems
Despite new studies proving glyphosate to be a harmful herbicide, the FDA has increased the limits allowed in fruits and vegetables — empowering Monsanto and refreshing the GMO debate.

Roundup Is Toxic to Good Bacteria in Soil
Scientists are finding many negative impacts caused by the glyphosate used on Roundup-Ready GM crops.

The Threats From Genetically Modified Foods
Genetically modified foods and crops pose serious threats to human and animal health, but Big Ag doesn’t want you to know that.

Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-Resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GM Crops
A new Washington State University study shows that the emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds is strongly correlated with the upward swing in pesticide use.

The Crazy New Research on Roundup
A popular chemical sprayed onto lawns and food crops all across the country may cause a catastrophic situation in your gut.

source: https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/environmental-policy/dangers-of-glyphosate-herbicide-zmgz13onzsto

Our Spray Policy

Our Spray Policy

While we are not an organic orchard we make every effort to minimize the use of pesticides. Our starting point is the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach. This approach is developed by institutions like Cornell University and provides evidence based recommendations and strategies for managing, not necessarily eliminating, the multitude of micro-organisms, animals, plants and insects that can reduce fruit quality, fruit yield and that threaten the health of orchards and the financial sustainability of modern farms. While IPM is a widely used standard for ensuring the safe use of pesticides we routinely use far less pesticides than these standards would indicate.

Like life itself, orchards are a complicated, dynamic arrangement of natural forces that must be managed and harnessed to bring fruit to the world and we’ll keep doing our best to keep you, our employees and our trees safe in the process.

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