For several years now, activists and the independent media have been voicing concerns about this herbicide's main ingredient: glyphosate. Countless studies have linked it to everything from destroying the soil's ecosystem and robbing it of its nutrients, to causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other illnesses.
Now, researchers from Indiana University and the University of California San Francisco, have conducted the first birth cohort study of its kind involving 71 women from Central Indiana, and have discovered that 93 percent of the participants had detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine.
Why is this a problem? Science Daily explains that these levels "correlated significantly" with shorter pregnancies.
"There is growing evidence that even a slight reduction in gestational length can lead to lifelong adverse consequences," noted Shahid Parvez, the study's lead author.