One of the scariest things as parents is learning about the chemicals around us actually are impacting our children. Whether it's something we choose to purchase and use or things that are occurring in our everyday environments, identifying what these chemical are and the role they are playing in our health is growing in importance as we learn more and more about the issue as a society.
The latest harmful chemical to have light shed on it is weed killer, often found in Roundup that so many of us have sitting in our garage and what has been found is nothing short of frightening.
According to CBS13, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH), a non-profit that focuses on protecting people from toxins, reached out to parents who have researched or reported on chemicals in the past, inquiring about participating in a survey and many of them obliged.
With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) having the final say in the re-approval the weed-killing ingredient in Roundup for another 15 years, the aforementioned study has found that 90% of the families tested have that chemical in their bodies. Making these results even more bone-chilling - most kids had much more than their parents.
Julie Watts, a CBS13 investigator, and her daughter took part in the study as volunteers. They were part of a dozen parent-child pairs who all reported consciously trying to avoid pesticide exposure. The jaw-dropping results showed that nine out of the 12 children had higher concentrations of the weed killer in their body than their parents did. Furthermore, half of the children had twice the amount of glyphosate in their body as their parents, with one child having nearly 100 times more weed killer in their body.
It's important to note that this is not the first study that has looked at the amount of weed killer found in people's bodies, but it is the first study of its kind to compare those finding between children and their parents.
Sue Chaing, who is from the Pollution Prevention Director at the CEH, also participated in the study and shred that “because I work on this issue, I was not necessarily surprised (by the bio-monitoring results), but I’m definitely concerned and disturbed."
However, these findings did not surprise Environmental Health Scientist Asa Bradman, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at UC Berkeley who said, “That doesn’t surprise me and that’s true actually for a lot of environmental contaminants. “Kids often have higher levels, simply because they eat more, they drink more, and they breathe more per unit of body weight than adults.”