Poison is poisonous.
That means it kills. It’s toxic, fatal, venomous, deadly, lethal, mortal and life-threatening. People evidently don’t understand the plain, and actually simple, fact which can be defined in so many words, yet the result is the same.
Lack of understanding, maybe even forgetfulness due to the vast public usage and
commonplace promotion of poisons, must be the reason. There seems to be no other logical reason so many poisons are used so liberally by nearly everybody.
Herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, pesticides, chigger repellents, flea powder, fly sprays, grass killers like Roundup, broadleaf weed controls like 2,4-D, and brush guards such as Tordon are just examples of what we’re talking about. The list is almost endless.
Every one of them is poison with the sole purpose to destroy life. Instantly, many will come up in arms, debating everything we’ve mentioned: “But, look at the good they do.” That may be true, but the cold fact of the matter is that their entire intent is deadly.
Like most everybody else, we had typically overlooked that aspect of their use, until a neighbor farmer pointed out to us the fly spray being applied to a horse stomping flies
was poison. We expect the chemical to control flies, poison them to be completely blunt, but yet we rub against the horse frequently as we work, often with our bare hands.
If the application is doing what we intend it to do, what can it be doing to us? Every poison, in whatever form, has fine-print warnings about the hazards of use, advising one to wear gloves, protective clothing, facial shields and breathing screens, but most of the recommendations are not heeded by users, at least not all of the time.
We were reminded again of the fact last week when a stockman was waiting on arrival of herbicide for application to alfalfa. Distinct smell of chemicals remaining on the machinery from the previous use still spread throughout the yard.
Another observed: “Leave that implement anywhere near tomatoes overnight, and they’ll be wilted by morning.” Isn’t that a fair warning of how dangerous the chemicals must be to us? The same is true of chigger and mosquito repellents so commonly used. We breathe, absorb, taste and in other ways permit those poisons into our bodies.
Scientists who developed these “essential products” are much more knowledgeable about the facts than we are. Actually, we haven’t done any research on the subject. It’s just common sense that exposing ourselves so frequently to these poisons has to be hazardous to our health. About the vast number of ways we have no clue.
Warning came in Psalm 53:1: “It’s poison gas. They foul themselves, they poisonrivers and skies.” Thus, the result told in Deuteronomy 32:32: “Their grapes are poison, and their clusters are bitter.” Yet, the most important message comes in Hebrews 12:15: “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”