Having a hard time getting pregnant? You may be able to blame Monsanto for that. That’s because a group of chemicals manufactured by the “world’s worst company” have been linked to fertility issues.
A preliminary study released today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that, for every increase in exposure the researchers pinpointed, the odds of a longer conception period increased by at least 18%.
For nearly 50 years, the agri-business giant was the sole North American producer of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyl. The nasty pollutant contaminated water, soil and the food chain. Though PCBs have been banned for more than three decades in the United States, the hardy chemicals still persist today. And, unless you live close to a site contaminated with PCBs, chances are that you were exposed to the chemical through your diet. More specifically, you consumption of fish and animal fat.
If you’re concerned about your exposure to PCBs and its impact on your fertility, heed the advice of the study’s first author, Dr. Germaine Buck Lewis: “limit [your] exposure by removing and avoiding the fat of meat and fish, and by limiting the consumption of animal products.”