Glyphosate byproduct AMPA found to interfere with photosynthesis, the basis of nearly all life on planet Earth.
By Tracy Watson
It has been four years since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In that time, there has been a lot of focus on the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer.
As bad as the direct effects of glyphosate are, however, they are not the only dangers associated with this toxic chemical. Studies have confirmed that a glyphosate byproduct known as aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) interferes with multiple plant processes, including photosynthesis, without which most life on Earth could not exist.
What is AMPA?
The website Everything Explained Today explains that AMPA is a weak organic acid with a phosphonic acid group, and that it is one of the main byproducts of glyphosate. Its toxicity is believed to be comparable to that of glyphosate itself.