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Gender Bender Chemicals - Not News
It's not new news (this issue has been recognised for a long time) but nonetheless needs trumpeting. If we wish to go on enjoying this planet of ours, it's really well past the time that we should take proper stock. Here's just one aspect of the damaging effects of our ridiculous, commercially-biased society:
"Wildlife and people have been exposed to more than 100,000 new chemicals in recent years, and the European Commission has admitted that 99 per cent of them are not adequately regulated. There is not even proper safety information on 85 per cent of them.
Many have been identified as 'endocrine disrupters' – or gender-benders – because they interfere with hormones. These include phthalates, used in food wrapping, cosmetics and baby powders among other applications; flame retardants in furniture and electrical goods; PCBs, a now banned group of substances still widespread in food and the environment; and many pesticides."
Research demonstrates beyond doubt that the male gender is under threat in many species.
"Research at the University of Florida earlier this year found that 40 per cent of the male cane toads – a species so indestructible that it has become a plague in Australia – had become hermaphrodites in a heavily farmed part of the state, with another 20 per cent undergoing lesser feminisation. A similar link between farming and sex changes in northern leopard frogs has been revealed by Canadian research, adding to suspicions that pesticides may be to blame."
"Gywnne Lyons, a former Government advisor on chemical pollution and author of the report, said: "Urgent action is needed to control gender bending chemicals and more resources are needed for monitoring wildlife. If wildlife populations crash, it will be too late. Unless enough males contribute to the next generation there is a real threat to animal populations in the long term," she added.
We could either look at this as a great way for the world to be rid of us, the dreaded human species, or we could start changing the way we live, the way we buy, the way we eat and the way we vote.
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