A preliminary study made by a professor at Purdue University may indicate that the use of either glyphosate or Roundup Ready crops may have a role in a previously unknown organism that may be causing miscarriages and infertility in animals. The preliminary study was made by Dr. Ron Huber, professor emeritus at the Purdue University. The findings, according to the professor, armed with 40 years of experience working for professional and military agencies, may be enough to be treated as an emergency until further research can either confirm or disprove the preliminary findings.
The findings were stated in an open letter written by Dr. Huber to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. According to the letter, Dr. Huber was made aware by a team of senior plant and animal scientists the discovery of an unknown pathogen that may have a serious impact on the health of plants, animals and possibly of human beings. The said pathogen, only visible via an electron microscope is found in higher concentrations in Roundup Ready soybeans and corn. This may suggest a possible link with the Roundup Ready gene or the presence of Roundup.
The said letter, which was published on the GM Watch site, also stated that the previously unknown organism may be the first micro-fungus identified so far. It may be similar in size range to a medium sized virus but has the ability to reproduce similar to a fungus. Laboratory tests have confirmed that the presence of the unknown organism in a number of livestock that experienced spontaneous abortion and infertility. There are also preliminary results from an ongoing research that have replicated such abortions in livestock in a clinical setting.
Dr. Huber further stated that the pathogen may be a possible explanation to the increasing cases of infertility and spontaneous abortions among US cattle, dairy, swine and horse farming sectors. In summary, the professor stated that the high concentrations of the said pathogen in Roundup Ready crops and its possible link to spontaneous abortions and infertility in livestock may be something that needs to be investigated at a multi-agency level. Dr. Huber also suggests a possible immediate moratorium on the deregulation of Roundup Ready crops until the relationship with the pathogen to RR crops and/or glyphosate can either be confirmed or ruled out as a possible threat to plant, animal and human health.