Who is Most At-Risk for Roundup Exposure?
People who work in the following fields are most at risk for developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma or related conditions:
- Herbicide applicators
- Professional gardeners
- Agricultural workers
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How Long is Roundup Toxic After Spraying?
Roundup weed killer is designed to evaporate within 24 to 78 hours. This means that for the most part, it is safe to plant anything in a place where you have sprayed glyphosate after about 3 days.
How Long Does Glyphosate Stay in the Soil?
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, can persist in soil for 6 months or more, depending on the climate and the type of soil. The chemical is broken down by bacteria in the soil and is not likely to get into groundwater because it binds tightly to the soil.
Can I Test Myself for Glyphosate Exposure?
Glyphosate levels in the body can be measured by testing urine. You can order a test kit and receive your results back in a few weeks. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found glyphosate rates are up 500%, but average levels are up 1200% in people over the last 20 years.
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How Do I Use Roundup Safely?
Take the following steps to avoid over-exposure when using Roundup or other glyphosate herbicides:
- Avoid using Roundup when it is windy, as it can drift to nearby plants.
- Wear long pants and long sleeves.
- Use goggles, gloves, and a face mask to reduce glyphosate exposure.
- Do not touch Roundup or plants wet with it.
- Always wash thoroughly after mixing or spraying glyphosate products.
Is Roundup Safe to Use Around Pets?
If your pets ingest Roundup, it can lead to severe breathing difficulties, heart rhythm disruptions, and seizures. Sadly, these symptoms can be serious enough to cause death, so prompt treatment from a veterinarian is crucial.
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