Beef diet 'damages sons' sperm'

Don’t even know where to start with this one. So apparently there’s a connection with eating lots of beef with chemical and hormones and low sperm count in children of the mothers who ate the beef. Now…although it’s banned in Europe, the US still allows all kinds of stuff in beef…because the FDA says it’s safe, or at least that’s what Monsanto says anyway.

So will the US follow Europe’s lead and ban the other items placed in beef? Of course not, there’s a new economic opportunity here for pharmaceuticals to create drugs to raise sperm count.  Marriage  made in heaven. 

Scientists have produced evidence to suggest that Europe was right to ban the beef industry from using growth promoters to increase yield.

A US study has linked use of the chemicals to damage to human sperm.

The University of Rochester found men whose mothers ate a lot of beef during pregnancy had lower sperm counts.

The Human Reproduction study found they were three times more likely to have a sperm count so low they could be classified as sub-fertile.

The use of growth promoting chemicals was banned in Europe in 1988.

But although the US banned the use of some growth promoters in 1979, others, such as the sex hormones testosterone and progesterone, are still in use in the beef industry.

The Rochester team examined sperm counts among US men born between 1949 and 1983.

They found those whose mothers ate more than seven beef meals a week had an average sperm concentration of 43.1 million sperm per millimetre of seminal fluid.

In contrast, the sons of mothers who ate less beef had an average of 56.9 million sperm.