Roundup herbicide found to destroy testosterone, male fertility – Guess what? Council uses it here

It’s in our soils, waterways and it’s in us

Castlemaine Independent is on a mission and we need your help.

Today we are initiating a campaign to pressure Mt Alexander Shire Council to remove Roundup herbicide from the chemicals it routinely uses in our streets and gardens. We want you to get involved. All it will cost you is a stamp, or it can even be free if you drop the letter in to the Shire offices in person or send it as an email.

Letter to Council. Click it

<<<<<< Download our letter here. Put your address and date on it and send it to Council. Copy it and email it, with attention to Mr Phil Rowland, CEO, Mt Alexander Shire. Better still, look into this issue yourself and write your own letter. Keep it nice! But be firm.

Demand action. Your rates are paying for this poison.

Why act now?

A recent study published in the Journal of Toxicology in Vitro has found that, even at very low levels, Monsanto’s herbicide formula Roundup destroys testosterone and ultimately leads to male infertility. The findings add to the more than 25 other diseases known to be linked to Roundup, which include DNA damage, birth defects, liver dysfunction, and cancer. (NaturalNews)

For their study, Emilie Clair and her colleagues from the Universite de Caen Basse-Normandie Institute of Biology in France tested the effects of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, on testicular cells from rats. Ranging in dilution from one part per million (ppm) to 10,000 ppm, which accounts for varying exposure levels in real life situations, each of the tests revealed undeniable cell toxicity caused by Roundup.

Ha, thwarted! Cuddle all you like, dudes, it won’t get you anywhere. This is a good thing. More Roundup for rats.

Okay, we at CI think more sterile rats is a good thing.

But what about humans? Sorry to the Creationists out there among you, but rats are mammals. Humans are mammals. There’s a link.

The findings revealed that even at one ppm, Roundup was responsible for causing severe endocrine disruption that reduced testosterone levels by 35 percent. And a one ppm exposure level is considered to be extremely low, and much lower than typical exposure levels in everyday environmental situations. This is in rats. What’s it doing to us, and to our kids?

Widespread human male infertility is sweeping the globe. While the causes of that are varied, scientists are pointing to the array of toxic chemicals in our foodchain. This is not new. Rachel Carson pointed this out in her excellent Silent Spring in 1962. No one knows what the results will be of this amazing experiment on the world’s species, of which humans are but one.

Glyphosate, also known by its tradename Roundup, is commonly found in rain and rivers in agricultural areas in the Mississippi River watershed, according to two US Geological Surveys released in 2011.

Glyphosate is used in almost all agricultural and urban areas of the United States. The greatest glyphosate use is in the Mississippi River basin, where most applications are for weed control on genetically-modified corn, soybeans and cotton. Overall, agricultural use of glyphosate has increased from less than 11,000 tons in 1992 to more than 88,000 tons in 2007.

The USGS report showed that air, rainwater and rivers across the Midwest US agricultural belt are routinely contaminated with high levels of glyphosate,  produced by biotechnology giant Monsanto. And according to some, Monsanto has likely known about this for some time, but chosen to hide it from the public.

After two years of gathering and analysing environmental samples, USGS scientists determined that the more than 180 million pounds of glyphosate spread on conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops every year is causing “significant” environmental contamination.

Back to those French scientists meddling with rats’ testes (yeccchhh). They found that at higher exposure levels, Roundup was shown to induce testicular cell death in a little as one hour, and typically no later than 48 hours after exposure. And this is only acute toxicity, as the study did not analyse the:

long-term effects of continual and repeated exposure to Roundup, which has already been shown to seep into rivers and groundwater supplies

A similar study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology back in 2007 found similar results. In vivo tests with Roundup revealed that ducks exposed to Roundup exhibited “alterations in the structure of the testis and epididymal (a part of the male reproductive system) region as well as in the serum levels of testosterone and estradiol, with changes in the expression of androgen receptors restricted to the testis.”

It affects ducks as well

So what? What’s a few sterile ducks?

Contrary to the claims made by Monsanto, there is truly no safe exposure level to Roundup.

At typical exposure levels, it has been proven to destroy human cells and cause serious reproductive harm

And at trace levels, it has been proven to severely disrupt proper hormonal function and lead to low testosterone in men.

“Because it’s a systemic pesticide and sprayed in high doses, produce and fruit and nut trees often take up the poison into the parts of the food we eat,” writes Leah Zerbe in a Rodale News piece on Roundup.

“Three easy ways to reduce your exposure? Eat organically grown foods … adopt organic lawn care techniques in your yard, and start an organic garden to further reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals.”

Manufacturers never talk about the product killing earthworms and beneficial insects, or that it has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma**, and is taken up internally by any plants it doesn’t kill – so if you use it to control weeds in your veggie garden, you’ll be eating Round-Up for the next two years.

Mount Alexander Shire: Stop poisoning our



**[1] Lennart Hardell, M.D., PhD. Department of Oncology, Orebro Medical Centre, Orebro, Sweden and Miikael Eriksson, M.D., PhD, Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Lund, Sweden, ‘A Case-Control Study of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Exposure to Pesticides’, Cancer, March 15, 1999/ Volume 85/ Number 6.


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8 Responses

  1. Grace McCaughey

    Thanks Andrew for another well researched article. We in Castlemaine have not learnt anything from Silent Spring of 60 years ago. Monsanto has a lot to answer for but then it is us right here who are using the stuff.
    So Mount Alexander Shire, please desist from using this poison. Does Council have the authority to ban the sale and use of Roundup in the Shire? Yes I think they do.

  2. gloria meltzer

    I have gladly signed the letter to Phil Rowland. I wonder if he is even aware of how dangerous is the use of Roundup.

  3. jack

    The file extension, DOC, is a proprietary format used by MS Office and Word. Like I’m going to pay upwards of $1000 just so I can read your letter. How arrogant to assume everyone in the world can open a Word document! Ever heard of universal compatibility formats, such as text or html? Apparently not. Farmers jam Monsanto down our throats and you’re trying to jam MS. You’re blind to the fact that you behave no differently than the psychopaths in the chemical industry. I’m interested in your letter, but not at the expense of letting you, an over-socialized corporate cheerleader, get into my pocket.

  4. Shoshie

    You might be able to request that council discontinues use of Round Up in its own gardening services, but you cannot ban individual citizens from buying it in Castemaine and using it in their own gardens.
    It is called a democracy and freedom of choice, to buy whatever legal products we wish to buy.
    For somebody like myself who has physical difficulty weeding a garden, Round Up helps.
    Getting tired of the minority in this town dictating to everybody else about what they can and cannot have.

  5. Shane

    Jack, everyone in the world CAN read MS Word documents. It’s called Word Viewer, free for download from Microsoft. Maybe you should do your research before you concoct conspiracy theories and shout them at people. Makes you look a bit mental 😉
    Very good article, thanks for spreading awareness. Will definitely be keeping an eye on this one.

  6. Shane

    Shoshie, Isaac Asimov summed it up best when he said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'”

    You can’t ignore the facts presented to you. People aren’t saying, “No, don’t have that donut, it’s got sugar.” this is more like, “No, don’t shoot yourself in the groin, you won’t be able to have kids.” To argue against the idea that we shouldn’t use Roundup because it causes infertility is puerile.

  7. Andrea Ross


    whilst it didn’t read to me that people were dictating to you what you use in your garden…just providing information which SHOULD be public knowledge – so that we can make informed community choices …you know for our kids sake..

    But the aggro against other people for reasons that you disagree with posting such information would seem to suggest that a little less testosterone mightn’t be a bad thing…

  8. Nick

    Shoshie, it’s the minority in this town that are poisoning it! Use hot water from a kettle, does the same thing, every council uses glyphosate herbicides, every council. We’re no different, the real picture here is Monsanto, the manufacturer of round-up, as well as ddt and agent orange too I might add.