03 Mar '12, 11pm

New study confirms #atrazine's effects across range of species #Enviro #green #EndocrineDisruptors

New study confirms #atrazine's effects across range of species #Enviro #green #EndocrineDisruptors

First, this is a very robust piece of work, summarizing experimental and epidemiological data going back to 1997. The study boasts an impressive list of twenty-two authors from major research institutions in the United States, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Croatia, Argentina, Brazil, and England. These results thus represent effects "described by independent laboratories in eight different countries on five continents." Even more impressive, these "effects on the gonads are both specific and consistent and do not occur merely across populations, species or even genera or orders, but across vertebrate classes:" that is, across fish, amphibian, reptile, and mammal species. How does atrazine cause these reproductive effects? The study concludes that atrazine exposure interferes with and reduces the production of male hormones (androgens) while increasing the effect and production o...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/awetzler/new_study_conf...

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