This is the last in a four-part series tracing the history of population control through to present-day depopulation ‘aspirations’. You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. Today’s article discusses common additives to food and water which have been linked with infertility but are still used.
WITH birth rates around the world in decline it is important to examine the extent to which our food, air and water contain ‘anti-fertility’ substances. The science journal Integrative Medicine, for example, stated: ‘The research is quite clear that metals and chemicals in air, water, food, and health-and-beauty aids are damaging fertility in many ways. These toxicants are causing men to experience relentlessly decreasing sperm count and function while women are suffering progressively worse anovulation [problems associated with the menstrual cycle described here], impaired implantation, and loss of fetal viability.’
There are four ways, it explained, in which environmental toxins can cause infertility:
· Endocrine disruption;
· Damage to the female reproductive system;
· Damage to the male reproductive system;
· Impaired foetal viability.
One of the most common substances added to food, the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG), is regarded as a developing worry in this respect. An International Journal of Pharmacology article suggests that it may play a critical role in the spermatogenesis dysfunction leading to male infertility. Despite this, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives MSG its ‘generally recognized as safe’ (GRAS) designation and the UK Foods Standards Authority’s conclusion is that at current levels of use MSG does not present a risk to health.
Another substance commonly used in food known to cause fertility issues in toxicology studies is the preservative sodium benzoate. In fact sodium benzoate is used successfully as an ingredient in a spermicide as discussed in this detailed updated ‘Insights of Spermicidal Research’ report.
This is not the only evidence. A study on rats showed that sodium benzoate significantly reduced sperm numbers and sperm motility. It also decreased the number of hormones essential for sperm production. Another study showed that feeding sodium benzoate to pregnant mice resulted in foetal malformations such as haemorrhages, limb defects, craniofacial defects, vertebral column deformities and neural tube defects.
Given such evidence of the detrimental fertility effects linked to sodium benzoate, why on earth is it being put in our food supply? The justification is its value as a preservative that increases shelf life by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mould.
Glyphosate is a commonly used weedkiller. A steep decline in testosterone levels began just after the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops in 1994, an innovation that went with increased use of glyphosate herbicides on GM crops. A Science and Society article referring to 2010 research argues that a ‘steep decline in human male sperm count concomitant with rise in testicular germ cell cancer, congenital malformations of the male reproductive tract and drop in serum testosterone levels point towards increasing exposure to glyphosate herbicides during the past decades’.
In 2018 Monsanto, the manufacturer of the herbicide Roundup, was found to have ‘failed to adequately warn’ of its products’ potential cancer dangers. A Natural Health article claims that many vaccines are contaminated with glyphosate.
Finally, our drinking water is not free from additives. Some academics have argued that the fluoridation of the public water supply causes infertility. A 2005 study reported that ‘exposure to high fluoride concentration in drinking water will affect spermatogenesis and steroidogenesis in male albino rats’. A 2006 study on rat semen found that reasonably low levels of sodium fluoride can decrease the motility of sperm. A further study showed that fluoride could cause structural damage to the reproductive organs of rabbits. A meta-analysis which looked at the correlation between annual fertility rates and fluoride in drinking water confirmed that areas that had fluoridated water had decreased fertility rates. A further study carried out on rats linked fluoride exposure to ovarian and uterine structural damage which could significantly reduce their fertility. Another report found an association between women working with fluoride compounds and a higher risk of spontaneous abortion.
The absence of any official and public interest in, let alone official inquiry into, the cumulative impact of added chemicals to our foods and water on fertility should be a matter of great concern. But it is not. So why, given its possible association with dramatically declining rates of fertility, is this ignored? Is it because the ‘powers that be’ see a declining fertility and a smaller population as a good thing? Is this why they are so casual about the possible collateral damage to human health? Or is it simply that in our consumerist world cheaper and more convenient food trumps every other value, our politicians and public health officials serving only mammon?