New research by Shanna Swan, an epidemiologist with Mount Sinai Medical Center, projects that “by 2045 most men may no longer be able to reproduce because of the impact of hormone-altering chemicals” in their environment (Politico, March 10, 2021). This research also suggests that female fertility rates are falling by about 1 percent each year.
Swan observed that these hormone-altering chemicals are present in products from “plastics, electronics, food packaging and pesticides to personal care products and cosmetics… and as such are in the bodies of just about everyone on the planet.” These chemicals impact both male and female reproduction and are even known to pose a danger to babies growing in the womb. Other factors like obesity, smoking, and changing cultural values also contribute to the plunging fertility rates.
The declining ability to reproduce affects men and women around the globe. Interestingly, in His covenant with Israel—a covenant with powerful, prophetic implications—God speaks of one of the consequences to come from disobedience as being related to reproduction: “Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks” (Deuteronomy 28:18). However, God also promises blessings for those who obey Him, including an abundance of children (vv. 4, 11). The way of life outlined in the Bible brings peace and happiness, as well as health and safety. To learn more about that way, be sure to read or listen to The Ten Commandments.