Human reproduction may get halted as the society advances to become a galactic specie.
Reproduction is an important ledger in the continuation of population as well as for the evolutionary process. Birds do it, Animals do it. I mean every organic life form do it in one way or another in order to continue and ensure their presence on the planet Earth. Researchers estimated that over 99.99% of eukaryotes do it, meaning that these organisms reproduce sexually, at least on occasion.
World has seen tremendous rise in population growth since 1800 from 1 billion to 7.9 billion people on Earth. This rise is resulted due to improvement in life expectancy rate, child and infant mortality, fertility and overall public healthcare system. But that would may not be the case for so long. Due to changing environment, worldwide shifts in climatic dynamics and use of unhealthy ingredients in our day to day usable dingus limiting humanity’s reproduction system.
Dr. Shanna Swan, one of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists, has found out that chemicals called phthalates are causing human babies to be born with malformed genitals. She further writes that humanity is facing an “existential crisis” in fertility rates as a result of phthalates, a chemical used when manufacturing plastics that impacts the hormone-producing endocrine system.
A research study published in 2017 found out that sperm levels among men in European and north American countries had dropped by more than 50% over the past recent four decades after examining 185 studies involving close to 45,000 healthy men. Which means that most men will be unable to produce viable sperm by 2045. Due to rapidly decreasing fertility capability according to Dr. Swan.
According to the Center of Disease control (CDC) Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more durable. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used to help dissolve other materials. Phthalates are in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, lubricating oils, and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays).
Another research finding reported the presence of harmful chemicals in maternal blood during the study done on 30 pregnant women by Scientists at UC San Francisco. Study detected 109 chemicals including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 “mystery chemicals,” whose sources and uses are unknown.
Study detected 109 chemicals including 55 chemicals never before reported in people and 42 “mystery chemicals,” whose sources and uses are unknown.
“These chemicals have probably been in people for quite some time, but our technology is now helping us to identify more of them,” — said Tracey J. Woodruff, PhD, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UCSF.
It is alarming to see such unhealthy chemicals in pregnant women and unborn which could be harmful for generations to come thus not only limiting the reproduction system but also impacting overall health. Those 109 chemicals which Researchers found in pregnant women and their newborns are found in many different types of products. For example, 40 are used as plasticizers, 28 in cosmetics, 25 in consumer products, 29 as pharmaceuticals, 23 as pesticides, 3 as flame retardants, and 7 are PFAS compounds, which are used in carpeting, upholstery, and other applications. 55 of those chemicals are new to the finding — never reported before. It poses wide range of health concerns. Further research into this area would unleash more to know and would be helpful to draw new industrial guidelines for manufacturing of products for both industrial and domestic use without harming the human health at micro and macro levels.
These are the alarming concerns reported by research findings for humanity, reproduction and overall public health. If we didn’t rethink our use and shape our life style then it will be a chaos not only environmentally but also for human existence. Dramatic transformation in human living standard due to the industrial revolution is persuasive but in parallel posing new set of threats to the very existence of humanity itself.