A new peer-reviewed study conducted by a group of international scientists from the EU and the United States suggests that exposure to glyphosate when in utero may be influencing the anogenital distance of baby girls to be more male-like.

Ano-what?

Anogenital distance, or AGD. It's the distance that a person's anus typically presents from their sexual genitalia, be that a penis or a vagina. In males, the distance is longer. A new study found that baby girls who are exposed to glyphosate while their mothers are pregnant with them have longer, more male-typical AGDs, suggesting the exposure is a significant endocrine disruptor.

The pilot, peer-reviewed study was published in the well-respected Elsevier Journal 'Environmental Pollution.' It's being hailed as a major breakthrough in understanding the significance of glyphosate exposure and just what it's doing to the human endocrine system.

In an article in Sustainable Pulse, Professors Shanna Swan and Jia Chen gave a statement that said higher exposure to glyphosate was associated with a longer (more male-typical) anogenital distance in girls. The professors are two of the study's authors and professors at the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York.

They said that they'd observed this observation earlier in a rodent study, but these preliminary findings strongly suggest that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor that has androgenic effects in humans. As the worldwide exposure of glyphosate sadly is pervasive, the study authors believe larger studies should look at the developmental effects on the endocrine and reproductive systems.

In 2019, a peer-reviewed study found exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides in rats also was associated with androgen-like effects, including an increase in the AGD of males and females, as well as increased testosterone and delayed of the first estrous in the females.

The AGD is a marker of prenatal endocrine disruption that affects genital tract development.

Since 1974, 18.9 BILLION pounds of glyphosate-based herbicides have been sprayed worldwide. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified it as a probable human carcinogen. Bayer has been in lawsuit after lawsuit over its use in their Monsanto-founded Roundup herbicide.

And still...it's allowed to continue to decimate and disrupt.

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