by Taetske | 4:15 pm
(Last Updated On: October 1, 2019)

How Monsanto, the developer of Roundup® convinced me to abandon the use of all pesticides on my orchard


I have been convinced that (Roundup®) specifically and all pesticides, in general, are a danger to human health as well as that of non-targeted fauna and flora. We should not believe Monsanto when they tell us their product Roundup is harmless. The truth is coming to light slowly but surely.


Entrance to my Spanish farm

Entrance to my Spanish farm


My Spanish Story

When I started on my finca (farm) in 1981, I had no idea about anything related to agriculture.  My Spanish gardener, Miguel, told me that to get rid of the bad weeds, I should buy Roundup®.   This weed killer is produced by Monsanto and used worldwide.

Over the years the use of Roundup is greatly reduced or even forbidden in most of the European countries by now.

In the U.S. it is still used and now in the year 2018, the first court case against Monsanto was started. On part of my property, a piece of land approximately 1000 square meters with orange trees, and cobblestones around the house and a big cobblestone patio Roundup was used.

The farmhouse is 180 years old and cobblestones look very nice when they are clean.  Obviously, not meant for running around on in high-heels but whenever I have a party outside, I remind my guests of the need to wear flat shoes.


Orange crop

Organic Oranges


Pesticides in my garden

So, to battle the weeds, I bought a big can of Roundup® and using a sprayer, my gardener applied the product to the orange field and all the cobblestones  For sure, the weeds were starting to wither away within a few days.

About 3 weeks later, Miguel started to sweep the cobblestones in the patio with a big broom, the dust was flying.  The next day, I found some dead fish floating in the small concrete fish pond I built myself.

On the orange fields, the snails that had been creeping up the tree trunks had fallen off and were laying in a white circle around the tree.  Within a couple of days, we found a dead hedgehog.  He had been eating the poisoned snails thinking he would have a fantastic meal but it cost him his life. I felt very sad and also extremely guilty.

Through my ignorance, I had caused the death of this hedgehog. I enjoy having them in my garden and have realized they are such useful animals eating harmful insects.



Happy Hedgehog


Going Organic

These two incidents opened my eyes and made me understand that I would avoid any type of pesticide in the future so I went green (organic).  From that moment, all my produce from the farm is organic.

My friends who buy my oranges and with whom I have a coffee and socialize are happy to be able to use the total orange for making marmalade knowing they are not sprayed.



Applying Pesticides Manually


Glyphosate and other toxic ingredients

I just received an email from NaturalHealth365, telling me that Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, is not the only poisonous chemical in the mixture.  The article mentions that the “inert” ingredients are more toxic than just the glyphosate on its own.

Many of these additional ingredients, called adjuvants, are toxic in and of themselves but their toxicity increased exponentially when glyphosate is added.


Pesticides Large Scale

Large Scale application of pesticides


The additives to weed killers can constitute as much as 95% of the total solution, however, Roundup® and the other ingredients have gone largely untested.  With the advent of the Trump administration’s goal of reducing or eliminating the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency, we, the public have to step up and protect our health and that of future generations.



Time has passed and Monsanto lost its first court case, many more will follow. Pesticides have been found in cereals and oats, this is what a lot of people and especially children eat for breakfast. Believe me, your health does not interest those big companies, they are interested in earning money and that is a fact.


Source: NaturalHealth365 and My Life

Photo Source: Pixabay and Private




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Mike Lambert

Very informative article keep up the great work informing the public of possible health concerns and practices.

Apr 01.2017 | 06:13 pm


    Good afternoon Mike,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. One should spread the news so all people hear about it. Our health is at risk and the Fauna and Flora also.

    Regards, Taetske

    Apr 01.2017 | 07:38 pm


Hi Taetske,

Living in Germany,there is an enormous drive for Bio products that are grown without the harmful hormones, pesticides or chemicals. Yes we do pay a premium for them but the effect of our long term health are at play here. 

I am very happy to live in a country that takes this sort of thing very seriously and I am glad that there is a growing awareness of this topic worldwide.


Dec 12.2018 | 02:45 pm


    Good Morning Rich,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Also in Spain one is becoming more conscious of the dangers of pesticides and the sale of Bioproducts is going up. I think we are a little bit better off than in the U.S. as often the foods have less harmful ingredients than what is on the market in America. Still, there is ample room for improvement in most countries worldwide.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 13.2018 | 07:39 am


Thank you for all the information. I had heard about Roundup being “poisonous” but through your post I have really understood , how dangerous this product is!  I was going to use Roundup for my back garden to kill the weeds but now I will not be using it ! By the way, the oranges look really lovely!

Dec 12.2018 | 02:47 pm


    Good afternoon Priya,

    Please do not use this product in your garden. Children, pets, butterflies and bees, and all the lovely little lives of creation will suffer. The photo is not of my oranges and I do not know if I can put a photo on my reply but I will try.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    p.s. sorry, it was not possible to download a photo here. If that is ok with you I will send it to your email.

    Dec 12.2018 | 03:50 pm

Ngonidzashe Manzwangani

We have been using Roundup from 2000, we only use it in our maize and banana fields for grass control as we have a very big farm. I never have spared a minute to track back so to see how much damage was caused to the ecosystem. After reading your article, thus when I recalled seeing two small dead birds in our maize fields last December. It was definitely because of the Round up I am very sure now.

Roundup is being used by thousands of farmers in in my country Zimbabwe, but I don’t think they are aware of its danger to other living organism. Thank you so much for mentioning the use of organic  farming, I will have to inform my Father about this, definitely, he will love it

Dec 12.2018 | 03:27 pm


    Good afternoon Ngonidzashe,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    The fact that many people still do not know about the dangers of Roundup is very serious. I have written more posts on this particular issue and I will forward the link to one of them. There you can read about the dark and awful history of the company Monsanto, what they have done and still are doing is a crime.

    I hope you will stop using this product as it is dangerous for Flora and Fauna and also for humans.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 12.2018 | 03:42 pm

Kehinde Segun

Nice post. I always love your educating posts, Taetske. Your articles always inform me of possible public health concern and practice. On several occasions, I’ve heard about how bad and poisonous Roundup is but reading your post has really confirmed every single bad belief about it. Just keep up your good job

Mar 07.2019 | 02:13 pm


    Good afternoon Kehinde,

    Nice to see you again. Thank you for your comment. I am happy you find useful information when you read my posts. Keep Roundup out of your life, your health will thank you.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 07.2019 | 05:12 pm


Actually not every product that is claimed to be good is good. Some are not what the manufacturers claim that the products are. I admire the way you tried out the product and confirmed that they are not genuine and then writing your own honest review about the products. I may check it out 

Mar 07.2019 | 02:16 pm


    Good afternoon Kenechi,

    Thank you for leaving a comment. Nice to see you again.

    I made this awful experience with Roundup in 1981 and sadly millions of liters have been used to spray crops worldwide since then. Keep away from Roundup and do not eat things on which this product has been sprayed.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 07.2019 | 05:17 pm


Thank you so much for your info. I use roundup all the time and it’s quite scary how they allow products that can really do some damage to nature and people on store shelves. I don’t have a farm, but I do like to keep the weeds down on my property. Until I can find a better alternative, as of today, I’m going to pull my weeds by hand. Again thank you so much for letting us know about the danger of Roundup.

Mar 07.2019 | 02:16 pm


    Good afternoon Evie,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF.

    I know it is a bore to have to pull out weeds but it is very good for keeping one’s waistline. Have a look on the internet as there are “green” alternatives to Roundup.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 07.2019 | 05:20 pm

Aweda Olakunle

Thank you for sharing all the information. I had heard about Roundup being “poisonous” but through your post, I have really understood, Roundup is being used by thousands of farmers in my country Nigeria but I don’t think they know the danger caused to living organisms. Enlightenment and sensitization should be done so as to prevent the dangers to the environment. 

Mar 07.2019 | 02:16 pm


    Good afternoon Aweda,

    The more I investigate for my 2 websites the more horrible things come to light. We, humans, cause so much damage to our environment which after all is our habitat. One has to be informed about what is happening in our world.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 07.2019 | 05:26 pm


WOW!! This is the first time ever am being informed about pesticides being dangerous to human health. Am glad I came across this post which has really changed my ideology of pesticides. It is really pathetic to know that pesticides have been found in oats and cereals. Thanks for telling me about Roundup, I will not use it in my garden again since I have already known its harmful effects.

Mar 07.2019 | 02:18 pm


    Good afternoon Dapoach,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    We should stay away from Roundup and from all those harmful chemicals. People are becoming aware of these dangers to their health.

    Regards, Taetske  

    Mar 07.2019 | 05:35 pm


This is a sad story to read though ending on a happy note. Well I don’t know about roundup pesticides. I feel sorry for the loss of your farm produce at first especially the snails that were poisoned as a result of the roundup used. I am just worried with the oats and other food cereals which these chemicals are found in them. They may really be a threat to the health of children. Please has anyone raise a red flag on this so as to ban some food items? 

Mar 07.2019 | 02:26 pm


    Good afternoon Olalekan,

    People are becoming more aware of these dangers in their food but still, not enough I am afraid. I learned my lesson in 1981 and have never ever used anything dangerous on my farm since then. In Europe, they are more conscious about this but in the U.S. people often are fed these dangerous foods. 

    When you take Mc Donald, their french fries are made in a more healthy way in Europe but not in the U.S.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 07.2019 | 05:43 pm


Interesting stuff to read. Keep it up. I got to know that Roundup products are dangerous to the farm and to people through this informative article. I was actually planning to suggest it to a friend of mine, but I can’t do that anymore. Information is power. I will also inform as many as possible about this, to get them safe. Even prior to this time, I learned that pesticides also pose some threat to the microorganisms in the soil, instead of artificial process, why not go green i.e organic method.

Mar 07.2019 | 02:39 pm


    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    I fully agree with you that going green is better for people and also our environment. Organic food holds more nutrients and therefore is much better for our health.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 07.2019 | 05:49 pm


Great content and insightful information.Thanks for this concise and thorough review.

This is a great and simple to follow guide on Roundup health risk. You laid it all out clearly and showed examples that helped emphasize your various points. This guide will be very useful for people like me.

I have heard about Roundup but I have never used it myself luckily. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 07.2019 | 02:41 pm


    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for your comment. Nice to see you again.

    Good to hear you are informed of the dangers of using Roundup. It really is an awful product which is used worldwide and for far too many years. Monsanto has already lost its first court case and many more will follow. It is time that all people know about this

    Regards, Taetske.

    Mar 07.2019 | 05:57 pm

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