Another very important reason to choose organic over produce from intensive farming is to avoid the very dangerous Atrazine, among other threatening chemical pesticides, being widely used to ‘treat’ the fruits and vegetables that you eat. Pesticide residues seep into lakes and rivers, terribly affecting the eco-system, as well as our drinking water. Tyrone Hayes, a biologist and professor at the University of California has been warning people of these toxins that disrupt the endocrine system and are thus responsible for the catastrophy happening with frogs, where “many of the genetic males now are turning into females”. Furthermore, Professor Hayes found that “the level of Atrazine that it took to make this male turn into a female is three times less than what’s allowed in drinking water” (the professor was referring to a male frog that started producing eggs and was mating with another male frog). For humans, Atrazine is correlated to increased risk of low sperm count, low fertility, neuro-cognitive developmental problems in infants, breast cancer, prostate cancer and genital deformations.
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“Atrazine causes sexual abnormalities in frogs and could cause the same problems for humans” -Professor Hayes
Atrazine has been banned in Europe since 2003, but it is today, the second most widely used pesticide in North America. Professor Hayes was once hired by Syngenta to study the effects of their product (Atrazine). He was strategically asked to approve it, but after learning its grave effects, he instead found himself fighting against this multinational key player in the agro-chemical industry.
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It is imperative to stop Atrazine from causing more damage than it has already caused, but the multinational Syngenta keep lobbying their way into being approved by our governments! However, if we, the consumers, start buying more and more organic produce, the demand for intensively cultivated products would dwindle, along with the production of chemical pesticides, such as Atrazine that are ruining our health and our environment. The goal is to give them no choice but to stop production, all the while choosing healthier fruits and vegetables for our families.
There are also petitions you can sign to demand our governments to ban the use of this poison. Click on the image links before to make your signature count.