Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used weed killer, can reach the brain and cause inflammation associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, according to new research. These findings add to growing concerns and controversies that agricultural chemicals are leaving a damaging impact on human health and the environment.
The researchers conducted their study by dosing mice with glyphosate. After 14 days of exposure, they found the herbicide present in their brain tissue.
These results are the first time scientists have identified glyphosate present in brain tissue, said Ramon Velazquez, an assistant professor studying neurodegenerative diseases at Arizona State University and a senior author of the study
Velazquez and a team of scientists from Arizona State University, the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute published their work last month in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.