One of the most perplexing problems in today’s society is the shocking decline of male fertility, an issue detailed in the documentary The Disappearing Male among many other reports and studies.
Chemicals in plastics, the overuse of soy and soy products, changes in lifestyles and even GMO food have been hypothesized as contributors to these and other growing male specific health problems.
But now researchers believe they may have found the biggest reason for the decline of male fertility in Africa: harsh synthetic chemicals sprayed in the environment, according to a new continental study published by the Lincoln University College, Malaysia, University of Nigeria and Medical University of Bialystok, Poland, which appears in the current issue of the journal African Health Sciences.
Spraying for Mosquitoes, Pesticides Lead to Declining Fertility Rates
According to the study, the growing reliance on pesticides like DDT, endosulfan, malathion and multiple others is the number one cause of low sperm action in Africa, as noted in this article from the website Standard Digital.
The research shows that dropping sperm counts is the leading cause of infertility in men globally, and it is highest in Africa, where the count is approaching the international red line. Across the globe, male fertility rate has declined 57 percent in the past 35 years. In Africa, including Kenya, sperm count has dropped by 72 percent since 1965.
The use of the chemical DDT, produced by Monsanto and now banned in the U.S., to control malaria, is believed to be one of the biggest culprits. Previously, venereal diseases had been thought of as the number one cause of male infertility in Kenya.
The results of the continent-wide study, sponsored by the Division of Reproductive Health at the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund, mostly agree with the conclusions of the only national infertility study carried out in Kenya in 2008, which stunned the medical community according to the the Standard Digital report.
The national study found that about 16 percent of Kenyans of reproductive age to be infertile, with both men and women affected roughly equally. Low sperm count was found to be the biggest reason for infertility in Kenyan males according to that study as well, with agricultural pesticides and heavy metals said to be the main triggers for the health problems.
In the study, DDT, DBCP, and endosulfan were some of the chemicals shown to be leading to the sterilization of African men, the 2008 study also said.
While Monsanto and other chemical and genetically engineered seed corporations say their model of farming and gene spliced seeds is needed to “feed the world,” especially in Africa, the United Nations recently released a report disagreeing with that assertion.
The report, released in March 2017, stated that synthetic pesticide intensive agriculture is not needed to “feed the world” after all.
Considering the clear health risks and side effects of the technologies, such as infertility in Africa and the estimated 200,000 deaths worldwide that occur due to exposure to these pesticides, it’s well worth reconsidering just what we’re doing to ourselves by supporting this type of agriculture.
For more information on the male infertility study, check out the full article by clicking here.