Boys Born With Malformed Genitalia
We are surrounded by chemicals in our environment everyday of our lives. Since we’ve moved to the country, I’ve noticed there are days when the air is saturated with the chemicals from the farmers spraying their fields. They spray insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers, and we all reap the benefits as the wind blows. When we first arrived here as city kids in the country, we kept smelling flowers and were excited for Spring. So we followed our noses outdoors into the saturated air and were bombarded with the smell, but we couldn’t locate any new growth or early flowers! We were obviously perplexed and asked some of our new friends what we were smelling and they very nonchalantly informed us that it was spraying time. In our ignorance, we didn’t realize that there was a schedule for spraying during the year so we learned that important tidbit and also that some of the chemicals sprayed have that distinctive flower smell! Now when we smell fresh flowers, we bring in the kids and pets and shut the doors and windows (not very effective, I’m sure, but it makes us feel better!) Realizing the prevalence of these chemicals, and the farmers dependence upon them, even after all the research that’s been done, is worrisome. I’ve often wondered what it will take to change the opinions of some of these farmers about the dangers of the chemicals they are releasing into the environment.
So today I’m browsing one of my favorite sites, Science Daily, which I enjoy because they share short summations, in everyday English, of current research, but always include the citation to the original research. I feel much more informed about what’s going on in the world after reading this news than I do when I listen to the Networks repeat the same four or five stories endlessly. Anyway, the story that caught my eye today, Male Fertility May Be Harmed By Mix Of Endocrine Disruptors, gives me hope that changes may be in sight. I’ve noticed that men get very responsive when their sexual organs and fertility are in danger! And according to this article, they’ve isolated what may be causing some boys to be born with misformed genitalia.
I’ve taken a list from Environment Canada that lists Hormone Disruptors. The site also discusses this problem and their plan to address the issue. Perhaps this may help you make some more informed decisions about everyday choices you make when using chemicals.
|Examples of Sources||Category
(Examples of Uses)
|Examples of Substances|
|incineration, landfill||Polychlorinated Compounds (from industrial production or by-products of mostly banned substances)||Polychlorinated dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls|
|Agricultural runoff / Atmospheric transport||Organochlorine Pesticides (found in insecticides, many now phased out)||DDT, dieldrin, lindane|
|Agricultural runoff||Pesticides currently in use||Atrazine, trifluralin, permethrin|
|Harbours||Organotins (found in antifoulants used to paint the hulls of ships))||Tributyltin|
|Industrial and municipal effluents||Alkylphenolics (surfactants — certain kinds of detergents used for removing oil — and their metabolites)||Nonylphenol|
|Industrial effluent||Phthalates (found in placticisers)||Dibutyl phthalate, butylbenzyl phthalate|
|Municipal effluent and agricultural runoff||Natural Hormones (produced naturally by animals); synthetic steroids (found in contraceptives)||17-b-estradiol, estrone, Testosterone, ethynyl estradiol|
|Pulp mill effluents||Phytoestrogens (found in plant material)||Isoflavones, ligans, coumestans|