On January 26th, 2012 the newspaper Natural Society reported that Monsanto’s Roundup may have damaging side effects on humans in areas where the herbicide is used. According to an article entitled “Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Found in All Urine Samples Tested“, “it was found that glyphosate, contained in Monsanto’s Roundup, is contaminating the groundwater in the areas in which it is used. What does this mean? It means that toxic glyphosate is now polluting the world’s drinking water through the widespread contamination of aquifers, wells and springs”. An “escalating rates of mental illness and obesity“ have also been noticed by researchers in areas the Monsanto’s product has been used.
The article also mentions that “researchers tested roundup on mature male rats at a concentration range between 1 and 10,000 parts per million (ppm), and found that within 1 to 48 hours of exposure, testicular cells of the mature rats were either damaged or killed. Even at a concentration of 1 ppm, the Roundup was able to affect the test subjects by decreasing their testosterone concentrations by as much as 35%.”
Africa & Science contacted Monsanto on January 27th, 2012 with the intention of having the point of view of the company on these findings which have been made by a German research team. Untill today, we have received no answer.
Source: Mike Barrett, “Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Found in All Urine Samples Tested “, in: Natural Society, January 26th, 2012, http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-infertility-linked-roundup-found-in-all-urine-samples-tested/#ixzz1oPdhr9UvAuthor: Moses Chiadjeu Africa & Science