Genetically modified crops are growing more prevalent around the world as a solution to some of the challenges that the agricultural sector is facing due to factors like climate change and an increasing human population. As a result, environmental and public health risks associated with the herbicide glyphosphate, commonly known as Roundup, which is used on eighty percent of genetically modified crops are becoming more prevalent as well.
One can argue that there are many positive attributes to growing genetically modified crops. However, it is unclear whether the benefits of increased food production will outweigh the costs of heavy pesticide use.
According to new research, studies show that glyphosphate use poses various adverse effects to human health.
- Learning disabilities
- Birth defects
- Reproductive Health
- Endocrine disruption
- Soil fertility
- Ecosystem function
- Crop health
- Water contamination
- Development of herbicide resistance
It seems there has been a recent flood of new studies pointing to evidence which clearly proves that glyphosphates are considered to be a hazard. Some countries internationally are already in the process of phasing out and eventually banning Roundup use due to the overwhelming flood of evidence of its adverse effects.
So why is the United States not following suit? Unfortunately, the answer is it’s an economic issue. In order to increase food production through growing genetically modified crops, toxic pesticides and herbicides like Roundup must be heavily applied. Shedding light on the risks glyphosphate poses will hopefully cause a gradual change to safer alternatives.