In a study published yesterday in the journal Environmental Health, researchers from the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, George Washington University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY, and the University of Copenhagen, found rats exposed to “safe” levels of glyphosate had their sexual development disrupted in both male and female rats.
Among the problems seen in young rats were decreased testosterone and lower sperm counts in males and delayed maturation in females. In adult rats the pituitary hormones were thrown off kilter, and sperm counts were lowered.
There are good alternatives that don’t have these toxicities to using this weedkiller. Horticultural vinegar, citrus oil, solarization (covering with plastic), and weed torches are better alternatives.
I pledge to take care of my yard without synthetic pesticides, weedkillers and fertilizers except on rare occasions to resolve an infestation or to improve habitat for native plants and wildlife. I also pledge not to throw pharmaceuticals or chemicals down my drains or toilets.