A new study has found new associations between the herbicide Roundup and long-term health consequences in children. The study, which was published in the medical journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests an association between exposure to the grass and weed killer created by the Monsanto Corporation and liver inflammation and metabolic disorders.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Public Health, including Brenda Eskenazi, who runs the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS). The researchers used more than two decades of epidemiological information gathered from mothers and children who gave samples of blood, urine, and saliva along with exposure and health records. 

The aim of the study was to assess whether lifetime exposure to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, and its chemical breakdown product aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), is associated with markers for liver and metabolic disease in young adults. 

Higher levels of glyphosate residue and AMPA in urine in childhood and adolescence were associated with a higher risk of liver inflammation and metabolic disorders in young adulthood. The researchers suggested that the children’s diets were a significant source of exposure to glyphosate and that when the chemical was sprayed near the children’s homes from birth up through age 5, the children were more likely to develop metabolic disorders by age 18. 

According to the results of the study, there is an indicated link between Roundup exposure in young children and the development of liver damage, metabolic conditions, and other health conditions. “These conditions can be precursors for more serious diseases, including liver cancer and cardiometabolic diseases like stroke and diabetes,” according to comments that Eskenazi made to Inside Environmental News.

Other examples of potential health conditions that could develop include heart disease and diabetes. Alarmingly, the study suggests that certain chronic health conditions that normally develop in elderly adults are manifesting by age 18, allegedly because of Roundup exposure.  

This study adds to the body of research that has supported tens of thousands of Roundup lawsuits from individuals who have been diagnosed with cancers, particularly Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. According to About Lawsuits, many of these lawsuits were filed “as a result of Monsanto’s failure to provide adequate warnings on their glyphosate products.” 

Data uncovered by the plaintiffs in these cases has revealed internal documents that highlight how Monsanto and Bayer have worked to cover up negative findings related to Roundup, even manipulating study results to protect their product.