Most Sperm Samples Have High Levels of Toxic DNA-Damaging Weedkiller, Study Finds

Oh sweet mercy, not my sperm.

I need my sperm!

The Guardian:

More than 55% of sperm samples from a French infertility clinic contained high levels of glyphosate, the world’s most common weedkiller, raising further questions about the chemical’s impact on reproductive health and overall safety, a new study found.

The new research also found evidence of impacts on DNA and a correlation between glyphosate levels and oxidative stress on seminal plasma, suggesting significant impacts on fertility and reproductive health.

“Taken together, our results suggest a negative impact of glyphosate on human reproductive health and possibly on progeny,” the authors wrote.

The paper comes as researchers look for answers to why global fertility rates are dropping, and many suspect exposure to toxic chemicals like glyphosate is a significant driver of the decline.

The levels French researchers found in sperm were four times higher than in the men’s blood, which the authors wrote is the first time the comparison had been made. They called the finding “worrying”, and it suggests the chemical is particularly dangerous for reproductive systems.

It’s interesting that this is finally a thing now – this discussion of all of these chemicals in the environment.

It’s getting nearly as much play in the British media as the global warming hoax.

Although… it’s only really reported in the Guardian. Neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post has any interest in these issues.