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Roundup Toxicity May Impact Male Fertility: Study

Male Fertility

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  • Research is mounting that an environmental toxicant, especially an endocrine-disrupting chemical such as glyphosate in Roundup, may be involved in increasing rates of male infertility
  • Roundup exposure induced cell death in Sertoli cells (required for male sexual development and sperm health) in rat testis
  • The exposure was a low dose (36 parts per million), which is well within the US Environmental Protection Agency’s food safety exposure levels
  • Separate research showed that glyphosate led to severe oxidative stress in male testes, which leads to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS); ROS is linked to male infertility

By Dr. Mercola

In 2011, Purdue University professor emeritus Don Huber notified US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, with a letter warning that tests show glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, may be contributing to spontaneous abortions and infertility in pigs, cattle, and other livestock.

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