Glyphosate Exposure Health Risks


What is glyphosate dangerosity

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The health risks associated with glyphosate exposure are a subject of ongoing debate and research. Several studies have found links between glyphosate and various health risks, while others suggest the evidence is insufficient to draw firm conclusions. Here is a summary of the findings from various research papers:

  1. Chronic Disease Risks: Glyphosate exposure is associated with chronic diseases such as cancers, diabetes, neuropathies, obesity, asthma, infections, osteoporosis, infertility, and birth defects (Mesnage & Antoniou, 2017).

  2. Cancer Risks: While glyphosate use was not significantly associated with cancer overall, there was an increased risk of acute myeloid leukemia in the highest exposure quartile among applicators (Andreotti et al., 2018). High cumulative exposures to glyphosate-based herbicides are associated with a 41% increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans (Zhang et al., 2019).

  3. Insufficient Evidence for Some Risks: Current epidemiological evidence is insufficient to conclude that glyphosate exposure increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or other types of cancer (Paumgartten & Francisco, 2017).

  4. Endocrine Disruption and DNA Methylation: Glyphosate exposure is associated with changes in DNA methylation, which may be linked to endocrine disruption and elevated cancer risks (Lucia et al., 2022).

  5. Reproductive Health: Glyphosate exposure can cause meiotic maturation failure, reduced sperm-binding ability, and disrupted early embryo cleavage. Melatonin has been found to play a protective role against these effects (Cao et al., 2021).

  6. Environmental Persistence and Residue: The health risks of glyphosate may be more complicated due to its persistence in the environment and the presence of glyphosate residues in food and the environment (Bai & Ogbourne, 2016).

In conclusion, while there is evidence linking glyphosate exposure to various health risks, especially chronic diseases and certain types of cancers, there is also research indicating insufficient evidence for some risks. The diversity of findings highlights the complexity of the issue and the need for further research.