Concerning Study Shows Roundup Harms Unborn Children

By Julie Fidler | Natural Society

At a children’s health conference earlier this month, the results of a study were presented which show that glyphosate, the main component in the Monsanto herbicide, RoundUp, is detected in pregnant women and could lead to adverse outcomes, including shorter gestation times and lower birth weights. The news comes just weeks after the USDA scrapped plans to start testing food for glyphosate.

For the study, researchers tested and tracked 69 pregnant women and found that the presence of glyphosate levels in the women’s bodily fluids correlated with unfavorable birth outcomes.

The study, which is still in the preliminary stages, is a project of the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), which is studying the effects of the chemical on reproductive and children’s health amid rising herbicide use in the Midwest.

Paul Winchester, M.D., member of the research team involved with this study, medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Franciscan St. Francis Health system and professor of clinical pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana, said glyphosate exposure in pregnant women is a “huge issue,” adding:

“Everyone should be concerned about this.”

Concerning Findings of the Study

Preliminary work found glyphosate in the urine of 91% – 63 out of 69 – women receiving prenatal care through an Indiana obstetric practice. The data, collected over 2 years, from 2015-2016, revealed that women with high levels of glyphosate in their bodies had significantly shorter pregnancies, and gave birth to babies with lower adjusted birth weights.

glyphosate terciles

Source: Huffington Post

glyposate terciles2

Source: Huffington Post

Both premature delivery and low birth weight are considered risk factors for numerous health and/or neurodevelopmental problems throughout a person’s life.

Read: Study Finds Glyphosate, Other Toxins in 100% of Pregnant Women and Fetuses

The researchers found that women living in rural areas had higher mean glyphosate levels than women living in urban and suburban regions. This suggests that proximity to corn and soybean fields that are heavily treated with glyphosate is a route of exposure for these women.Corn and soybeans have been genetically modified to withstand glyphosate spraying. The weed killer is also used on wheat, oats, and other non-genetically modified crops shortly before harvest, leaving behind residues in grain-based foods.

Glyphosate use has risen sharply over the past 20 years. In 2016, a landmark reported listed the chemical as the most widely used herbicide in history.

Winchester says he was surprised to see such a high percentage of pregnant women with detectable glyphosate in their urine. He also says much more research on the weed killer is needed, and more data is needed on levels of exposure through food.He and other researchers are calling on the CDC to start biomonitoring glyphosate and its main metabolite, aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA). The agency currently tracks levels of other pesticides and chemicals in urine and blood.

Winchester says: “Is this level of exposure safe or not? We’ve been told it is, but exposures haven’t been measured. It’s mind-boggling.”

Source: Concerning Study Shows Glyphosate Herbicide Harms Unborn Children

5 thoughts on “Concerning Study Shows Roundup Harms Unborn Children

  1. It’s a big problem in Minnesota and I can honestly say that in the grocery stores out there, choices are limited. You can only purchase one brand of potatoes and onions and that brand is Green Giant. There was even only one option for mushrooms and of course, they were also by Green Giant. As usual, my ‘something ain’t right here’ radar detector went off and I steered clear of Cub Foods which is the only big grocery store in the areas I lived. Other than that, there was only Wal-Mart and Aldi’s. They are limiting our choices deliberately so that we have no choice but to purchase their killer foods and this is why we are seeing so many pesticides and chemicals in our bodies being passed on to our unborn children. It’s getting uglier by the second.

    Here in Baltimore, there is Giant and they’re becoming something of a monopoly because Giant has just bought out Food Lion and Shoppers Warehouse. We still have Harris Teeter here and Safeway. Thankfully, the Farmer’s Market is open and I am going to stock up and freeze what vegetables I can.


  2. That’s really fantastic, Shelby that you have found a farmer’s market in Baltimore. We have one here in New Plymouth and now I buy very little at the supermarket – mostly nuts, toothpaste, dish soap, toilet paper, etc.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.