Pregnant Women In Indiana Show 4X Increase In Toxic Weedkiller In Urine

"Seventy percent of pregnant women in state had herbicide dicamba in their urine, up from 28% in an earlier study".

"Pregnant women in a key US farm state are showing increasing amounts of a toxic weedkiller in their urine, a rise that comes alongside climbing use of the chemicals in agriculture, according to a study published on Friday.

The study, led by the Indiana University school of medicine, showed that 70% of pregnant women tested in Indiana between 2020 and 2022 had a herbicide called dicamba in their urine, up from 28% from a similar analysis for the period 2010-12. The earlier study included women in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.

Notably, the study also found that along with a larger percentage of women showing the presence of dicamba in their bodies, the concentrations of the weed-killing chemical increased more than fourfold."

Johnathan Hettinger and Carey Gillam report for the Guardian February 16, 2024.

Source: Guardian, 02/19/2024