The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ruled to allow Roundup herbicide residues in food at concentrations a million times higher than levels already shown to be carcinogenic in cell research. Now a new study published in Free Radical Medicine & Biology adds to a growing body of research implicating the herbicide’s main ingredient, glyphosate, at concentration ranges well within the EPA “safe level” for food, in inhibiting male infertility.
Noting the research revealing Roundup’s toxicity to the germ line (sperm and egg) of animal species, the argument can be made that this chemical has contraceptive properties and therefore, genocidal consequences. By directly affecting the biologically immortal cells within the testes that contain DNA with more than 3 billion years worth of information essential for the future of the human species, Roundup could even be considered an instrument of mass destruction.
Minimally, the precautionary principle should be applied that any chemical with the potential to disrupt or destroy our species’ reproductive cells should be banned unless the manufacturer can prove its safety beyond a reasonable doubt.