Monsanto loses another one. Yet this is already over fifty years after its original introduction. Now a serious Global agency has labeled it as a level two risk. This is hardly minor. The real risk may be low level but it is still raises the threshold which may itself be gamed in terms of the statistics. Recall a number of real carcinogens have been removed from use over the past half century and their change out could well hide the effects of glyphosate.
Way more important in this report is that it is prevalent in the urine and blood of agricultural workers. It has become part of the environment.
I have two testable conjectures.
1 The decline of amphibian populations worldwide is been driven by this rising environmental background. Low data resolution has not singled out glyphosate but calender times do conform.
2 Male fertility decline also fits the same pattern and may also be driven by the same environmental factor.
Both are clearly signals of a changing environment without a clear agency. We need to demonstrate if they are a factor. Testing a population of long term Mexican farm workers for fertility levels would be an excellent start. The problem there is that pesticide exposure will hide the effects of glyphosate.
By Maria Cheng, The Associated Press