So I wonder if it is possible that someone from Monsanto was originally behind the idea of marketing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Twisted thought…but hey, it’s a pretty twisted world we live in…
Jill Ettinger, Organic Authority
Recent research conducted by the University of Pittsburgh suggests that glyphosate—the most commonly used pesticide in the world—is causing “morphological changes” to some exposed animals, namely tadpoles.
Marketed by Monsanto as Roundup, the popular weed killer and companion to genetically modified crops may be interfering with the hormones of tadpoles, says the research team, even despite the fact that weed-killing herbicides like glyphosate are inherently intended to not adversely affect animals, only plants.
Tadpoles can naturally grow larger tails to help them escape predators sensed in their immediate environment, and similar body shape changes were noted after exposure to both environmentally relevant and sub-lethal doses of glyphosate. According to lead researcher Professor Rick Relyea, “This discovery highlights the fact that pesticides, which are important for crop production and human health, can have unintended consequences for species that are not the pesticide’s target.”