Field Notes

According to Italy’s Ramazzini Institute, peer-reviewed manuscripts from the pilot phase of their Global Glyphosate Study show adverse health effects from the chemical even at ‘safe’ doses. The study, which focuses on neonatal, infant, and adolescent development, reveals that glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) used in the popular herbicide RoundUp, are able to alter certain important biological parameters, mainly relating to sexual development, genotoxicity, and the alteration of the intestinal microbiome.

The new study follows up on a previous 90-day study, which showed that glyphosate caused potentially harmful effects in rats at a very low realistic doses altering key biological parameters connected with their sexual development and genotoxicity as well as affecting their gut microbiome.

The institute has partnered with other institutions, including the University of Bologna, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, the George Washington University, and the Cancer Institute of Genoa.

Previous long-term studies carried out by the Ramazzini Institute have shed light on the carcinogenic potential for many chemicals including Benzene, Aspartame, Vinyl Chloride, Mancozeb and Formaldehyde leading to regulatory change in use of those substances.