Turn a male frog into a female frog using Atrazine
I find this a worrying thing as it meddles with nature in a huge way. Already in the early 2000’s in Hayes’s studies, it was shown that Atrazine disrupts sexual development in amphibians. After all, frogs form part of natures food chain. Now imagine that a frog is eaten by a snake or a big bird. That means the Atrazine will get into their system also. Slowly but surely it will spread through different species.
The dangers of Atrazine
Atrazine is a pesticide manufactured by agrochemical giant Syngenta. When you open their website, oh how sweet, you will see a butterfly on a flower with the announcement: Let’s increase our food supply without reducing theirs. Hello? what is this nonsense? Everybody should know by now that bees, butterflies, and insects, in general, are in rapid decline worldwide. Insects are in decline especially in those countries where crops are sprayed with pesticides. Atrazine can cause breast cancer, prostate inflammation and puberty delay in animals. When one reads that, one should always ask the question, what about humans?
Normally what is bad for animals is neither good for humans. Sometimes scientific studies are kind of slow in showing that but I think if you know a product is bad for animals it is better to stay safe and not use and/or eat it. An article in the New York Times came out with some disturbing news.
Check your drinking water
No need to ask if this pesticide will be good for us. It will have serious health indications. We already have it in drinking water. It is one of the most-detected crop chemicals in our water and with data from 2015, already 30 million Americans have Atrazine in their drinking water. If you suspect you have Atrazine and or other harmful herbicides in your tap water, you should consider a carbon filter to remove it. You can also have a look at the EWG’s Water Filter Guide.
Atrazine is the second most used herbicide in the U.S., so you do not need to ask the question if it may harm your health. The answer is clear! When you know that 70 million pounds are sprayed yearly on crops, one knows it ends up in the foods we eat. That means we are slowly but surely poisoning ourselves on a daily basis.
Is this herbicide allowed in Europe?
Atrazine is banned in Europe. This happened in March of 2003, that is at least what the people think. I have found out that this is not true. Have a look at the following report. Even if in this case Atrazine is still used in Europe there are other cases of harmful things that have been prohibited in Europe but still are allowed in the United States. It is not a nice thought but are U.S. citizens less protected and taken care of than the citizens in Europe?
Genetically modified is no good
GMO for example. Up until the 1990’s, the regulation in Europe was less strict than in the United States. Over the years a shift was observed and by 2015 Germany, Poland, France, Scotland and several other countries stopped cultivating GMO crops.
Monsanto’s famous creation
Roundup is another good example where countries do not or only partially agree to have each their own calendar. My personal experience is more than bad so I banned it from use on my property in 1981. After spraying the cobblestones on my patio, the fish in the pond started dying when, 3 weeks later, we were sweeping the dried up weeds.
An unhealthy substitute for cigarettes
The fact that e-cigarettes were sold to children in the U.S. when in Europe you had to be an adult to be able to buy it. Luckily the FDA stepped in and on Aug. 8th of 2016 put a ban on the sale of e.-cigarettes to minors. Many countries worldwide now ban the sale of e-cigarettes like Brasil, and Uruguay. It is known already that these type of cigarettes might even be worse than smoking normal cigarettes. Even if there is a smoking ban on cigarettes, restaurants, and bars allow the use of e-cigarettes. That is probably the reason why the sales of these e-cigarettes are on the rise.
There is a big difference between the U.S. and Europe, in products known all over the world. Take for example the famous McDonalds fries. The recipe and the way these fries are prepared differs a lot from Europe compared to the U.S. Personally, I find it more than strange that in the U.S. foods are for sale when the ingredients are known to be harmful. It really makes one think, what are we, guinea pigs?
As an afterthought
We live in the 21st century where a lot of things have improved compared to the past. There is a better schooling system. Housing and transport have also improved. With the scientific advances made last century one would assume health is also getting better. Just by looking around, this idea is often contradicted.
Strangely enough with all the science available, instead of protecting the people, it seems that money outscores public health. Nowadays it is more and more difficult to know what is in your food. Often we are misinformed, and misleading advertisement kind of brainwashes us. Children are showing symptoms of obesity and diabetes at an early age. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat are not clean anymore and therefore are not apt for human consumption, or should be considered harmful to our health. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Do not take for granted all you read, hear, or see, do your own investigation, your health will thank you.
Source: Olga Naidenko Ph.D. Senior Science Advisor for Children’s Environmental health and Wikipedia and EWG.
Photo Source: Pixabay
Perhaps you like to read my private story on Roundup.