by Isabelle Z.
(NaturalNews) The current issue of the Toxicology journal, details the first study in glyphosate's more than 40 years on the market, to study its effects on uterine development. In the study, a group of researchers injected newborn rats with a commercial dose of glyphosate-based herbicide (GBH), while a control group was given a saline solution.
The researchers found that the rats who were exposed to GBH showed signs of morphological changes in their uteri from exposure as early as a week after being born. The GBH group also showed altered expression of the proteins responsible for uterine organo-genetic differentiation. This is very significant, and can mean changes in the form of embryos, such as birth deformities or being born with three ears, for example. It was also shown to affect their organs.
The findings led the researchers to conclude that glyphosate exposure affects female fertility, and could even promote the development of uterine cancer. In addition, glyphosate herbicides can disrupt the endocrine function of prepubescent rats, which indicates that the chemicals are likely endocrine disruptors.
'Safe' dose responsible for uterine effects
The dose of glyphosate that was found to disrupt the rats' uterine development was based on the reference dose of the substance that regulators have claimed is safe for daily consumption over the course of one's lifetime: 2 mg per kg of body weight each day.
This study's findings are hardly surprising to those who are familiar with the well-documented ill effects of glyphosate, but it is notable that it was carried out and published in the first place. After all, GMO chemical firms like Monsanto do their best to make sure that unbiased scientists are not able to study the dangers of their products and release their findings.
Of course, no one should be surprised when the agrochemical lobby tries to discount these findings and/or discredit the researchers. After all, that has been their modus operandi for a number of years, and they have been quite successful in getting their product to remain on the market despite its very real dangers and being labeled by the World Health Organization as a "probable carcinogen."
The findings are significant because glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup are the most widely used in the world, with more than four fifths of all edible agricultural GMOs being sprayed with the substance.
While glyphosate is indeed very dangerous on its own, it is typically combined with adjuvants that have been found to be 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. Monsanto and other firms refuse to disclose the identities of the adjuvants that they use, claiming patent proprietary rights, while risking human health and even life in pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Glyphosate already known to cause birth defects
A report released by Earth Open Source in 2011, revealed that regulators have known that Roundup causes birth defects since 1980. In addition, it is common knowledge that high rates of miscarriage have been noted in women who live in areas of Argentina where Roundup Ready soy is sprayed with glyphosate.
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