It has been over two years since Moms Across America’s last meeting with the EPA Pesticide Review Board regarding glyphosate in 2019 and seven years since our testing showed glyphosate in our tap water, children's urine, breastmilk, food, wine, beer, and orange juice samples. Although moving at a painstakingly slow, red tape snail’s pace, we were glad to see the EPA's review on glyphosate and endangered species a year ago. Common sense and science suggest that finding that 93% of endangered species and 97% of their critical habitats are harmed by exposure to glyphosate herbicides is reason enough to revoke glyphosate’s license immediately, but no.
We demand action now. Click HERE to tell the EPA to do their job!
Two new studies have come to our attention, and we are sure they have for the EPA Pesticide Review Department as well. In case the studies were overlooked, we asked for them to be reviewed and considered as another set of valid reasons for immediately revoking the glyphosate herbicide license.
A new study by Jing-Bo Liu et al. in Elsevier shows that glyphosate (alone, not the co-formulants, which have been shown to be 1000x more toxic) tested on rats is damaging sperm mobility, formation, quantity, and function. This study all but proves that by allowing the spraying of a harmful chemical on our food supply (280 million pounds a year), the EPA is contributing to the sterilization of our men.
In addition, a recent study by Prof. Shanna Swan and Prof. Jia Chen, Professors at the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, shows that glyphosate is causing the androgenization or masculinization of our females. Numerous studies now show that glyphosate herbicides are endocrine-disrupting at very low levels.
According to the European Commission:
“Endocrine disruptors can have harmful effects on the body's endocrine (hormone) system. Hormones act in very small amounts and at precise moments to regulate the body's development, growth, reproduction, metabolism, immunity, and behaviour. Endocrine disruptors interfere with natural hormone systems, and the health effects can be felt long after the exposure has stopped. Exposure to endocrine disruptors in the womb can have life-long effects and can even have consequences for the next generation.”
While some may say that more studies could be done on glyphosate and its impact on sexual organs, we think damaging the function of sperm and female reproductive organs is enough of a reason for a ban. Tyrone Hayes has confirmed that endocrine-disrupting atrazine does indeed alter the reproductive organs in leopard frogs, turning them either homosexual, asexual, or into hermaphrodites, with fully functioning sex organs of both genders. There is an obvious and seriously detrimental link to the exposure to the most widely used pesticides globally, such as atrazine and glyphosate, to the rise of alterations in reproductive disorders in humans.
In the 2020 book Countdown by scientist Dr. Shanna Swan, the author states:
- If a pregnant rat mother is exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals 21 days after mating, her male pups testosterone will decrease, and disruptions to normal male genitalia will ensue (p.83).
- The Children's National Health System reports in humans disorders of sexual development (DSDs) of some form (both subtle and obvious) to currently be present 1 in 100 newborns (p. 69).
- A study in Sweden showed a 74% increase in recurrent miscarriages in women in the nine years between 2003-2012 (p.71).
This news is alarming if one is attempting to project the viability of future human reproduction. As described in Countdown, the EPA, by allowing endocrine-disrupting chemicals on our food supply, plays a defining role in whether or not the future of the human race will be able to procreate naturally and survive.
Monsanto has long touted the need for GMO foods (80% are engineered to withstand glyphosate) to feed a growing population; predicted to be 7 billion by 2050. What they don’t say is that, according to Swan, if our world’s human population had increased at the rate of reproduction we had in the 1970s, when our men’s sperm counts twice as high as our men now (and GMOs/glyphosate had not yet been introduced into our food supply,) we would have 14 billion people today.
There are other factors influencing the trend in women having fewer babies (global average: 49% fewer babies between 1950 and 2017) ( p. 56), such as being more educated, having more career options, and rising child care costs. However, in many countries, it is overwhelmingly clear that the decline in reproductive function is a major contributing factor. With viable sperm count rates dropping 50-66% in less than ten years (p.22) in many parts of the world, and the average female being less fertile than her grandmother was at 35 years old (p.14), the chances of getting pregnant and carrying a baby to term is becoming increasingly difficult.
The impact of decreasing fertility is lower repopulation in countries like Japan (1.4) and Korea (1.1) than is needed to provide for the growing elderly population. An enormous socio-economic and demographic crisis is looming if actions are not taken.
The number of women in the US seeking Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) due to diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) has increased 37% between 2003-2011 (p.45). Meanwhile, the acceptance of sperm donations in US sperm banks has dropped by 25% in ten years between 2003- 2013 (p. 21). In Hunan, China, the sperm donation acceptance rate dropped by 66% between 2001-2015. The most elite sperm banks in the world often only accept 1% of submissions.
It does not take a rocket scientist to see that even the world’s wealthiest people (who can afford $40,000 per attempt) will have difficulty procreating in the future.
If the reproductive function decline continues at this rate, only the elite will procreate.
Moms Across America continues to call upon the EPA to ban glyphosate and all toxic and endocrine-disrupting chemicals from our food supply and landscaping use. We do this on behalf of all parents who are struggling to conceive, all of the mothers who grieve an indescribable loss, all siblings who have been denied a brother or sister, and all children who are grappling with sexual development disorders, to do the right thing, to have the courage, to revoke the license of glyphosate.
We urge you to also communicate with the EPA to demand that they revoke glyphosate’s license for use on all agriculture, landscape, and utility uses. Because glyphosate accumulates in the rain, waterways, soil, our bodies, and breastmilk, there is no safe use of glyphosate or justification to restrict its use and not ban it.
It’s time for courage. It’s time for common sense.
It’s time for the EPA to do its job and protect the future reproductive viability of the human race on our planet.
Please click HERE to send a letter immediately to the EPA. Thank you!
GLYPHOSATE HERBICIDE REPRODUCTIVE ISSUES
- Maternal urinary levels of glyphosate during pregnancy and anogenital distance in newborns in a US multicenter pregnancy cohort
- Glyphosate damages the blood-testis barrier and damages sperm
- Are glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides endocrine disruptors that alter female fertility?
- Roundup and Endocrine Disruption of Female Fertility
- Glyphosate causes the disease to be transferred through sperm and eggs
- Glyphosate harm to testes
- Perinatal exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide impairs female reproductive outcomes and induces second-generation adverse effects in Wistar rats.
- Maternal Exposure to Glyphosate and Shortened Gestation
- Glyphosate and Anencephaly: Death by A Thousand Cuts
- Seneff and Nigh Paper on Death by a Thousand Cuts: Glyphosate and Anencephaly
- Perinatal exposure to Glyphosate-based herbicides and thyroid disorders
- Effects of a glyphosate-based herbicide on the uterus of adult ovariectomized rats
- Neonatal exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide alters the development of the rat uterus
- Seralini: Co-formulants of glyphosate herbicides are endocrine disruptors
- Glyphosate Damage on Human and Embryonic and Placental Cells
- Glyphosate, Pig Feed and Miscarriages Study, Kruger, Pedersen, etc
- Carrasco Teratogenic Effects Glyphosate of Glyphosate on Vertebrates (Deformities)