According to a new study, published by the charity CHEMTrust, “evolution is being distorted by pollution, which damages genitals and the ability to father offspring”.
POLLUTION DAMAGES GENITALS
All of us “dudes” are turning into real life Ken dolls.
The research – found in this report – shows that a host of common chemicals is feminising males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people.
Backed by some of the world’s leading scientists, who say that it “waves a red flag” for humanity and shows that evolution itself is being disrupted, the report comes out at a particularly sensitive time for ministers. As a result, Britain will lead opposition to proposed new European controls on pesticides, many of which have been found to have “gender-bending” effects.
It also follows hard on the heels of new American research which shows that baby boys born to women exposed to widespread chemicals in pregnancy are born with smaller penises and feminised genitals.
“This research shows that the basic male tool kit is under threat,” says Gwynne Lyons, a former government adviser on the health effects of chemicals, and lead author of the report.
Did you catch that???
“the basic male tool kit is under threat”.
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.
The report, which focuses mainly on animal populations, provides some startling facts:
- Males of species from each of the main classes of vertebrate animals (including bony fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) have been affected by chemicals in the environment…Us included
- Half the male fish in British lowland rivers have been found to be developing eggs in their testes
- 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
- Male alligators exposed to pesticides in Florida have suffered from lower testosterone and higher estrogen levels, abnormal testes, smaller penises and reproductive failures
- Wildlife around the Great Lakes has been found to be contaminated with more than 400 different chemicals
- Bald eagles have had difficulty reproducing in areas highly contaminated with chemicals…Bald Eagles, damnit people, seriously…The Bald Eagle can’t get it up! The symbol of America! The shame
- Deer in Alaska and Montana have been found to have undescended testes, genital abnormalities and deformed antler growth
- And if things weren’t bad enough, researcher have been finding hermaphroditic polar bears
And when it comes to humans:
- Research at the University of Rochester in New York state shows that boys born to mothers with raised levels of phthalates were more likely to have smaller penises and undescended testicles
- They also had a shorter distance between their anus and genitalia, a classic sign of feminisation.
- And another study showed that boys whose mothers had been exposed to PCBs grew up wanting to play with dolls and tea sets rather than with traditionally male toys.
- Communities in Canada, Russia and Italy have given birth to twice as many girls than boys. This may offer a clue to the reason for a mysterious shift in sex ratios worldwide. Normally 106 boys are born for every 100 girls, but the ratio is slipping.
- It is calculated that 250,000 babies who would have been boys have been born as girls instead in the US and Japan alone.
- And sperm counts are dropping precipitously. Studies in more than 20 countries have shown that they have dropped from 150 million per millilitre of sperm fluid to 60 million over 50 years.
- Hamsters produce nearly three times as much, at 160 million. Think about that. The typical male hamster is 3x as potent as you are…beyotch!
So, what do we do about this?
How about we stop exposing ourselves to chemicals which cause penile shrinkage and hermaphrodism?
And how do we do that?
We yell at our politicians.
In Europe, there is an EU regulation on industrial chemicals, called REACH. This program was designed to ensure that chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties are phased out.
Predictably, this legislation is pretty toothless.
Industrial and agricultural lobbyists have a lot of money to throw around.
In the U.S., as of August 28, 2008, according to the EPA:
- Developing a battery of validated assays to screen chemicals for their potential to interact with the endocrine system,
- Identifying the initial group of chemicals for testing, and
- Describing procedures for issuing test orders.
EPA is working to resolve all outstanding issues so that the screening program can move ahead as quickly as possible. However, the Agency has concluded, and informed Congress, that additional time is needed to complete the necessary steps before it can begin issuing orders. EPA expects to begin issuing test orders for Tier 1 screening of the initial list of chemicals under the EDSP in early 2009.
Let’s review: By 2009, the EPA to issue orders to BEGIN testing the INITIAL list of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.
Fellas, you can kiss your bal*s goodbye.
And what about my homeland, Canada?
According to Environment Canada:
Endocrine disrupting substances (EDS) are a complex problem that requires a co-ordinated response from government agencies, universities, industry and the public. Environment Canada has made EDS a research priority to produce the knowledge necessary for informed policy and regulatory decisions.
In partnership with Health Canada, Environment Canada manages the Toxic Substances Research Initiative, which includes support for research on EDS. In addition, Environment Canada has included research on EDS in each of the major Regional Ecosystem Initiatives, and has established a national multidisciplinary research program in collaboration with other government agencies, universities and industry.
To address this emerging global issue, Environment Canada is working with international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and others.
Research on this question will produce sound scientific assessments of the potential impacts of EDS on the Canadian environment. Such assessments are essential for the development and implementation of effective regulations and controls.
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah……
It’s possible that I am blowing this all out of proportion.
Maybe, groups like CHEMTrust are stirring up trouble only to justify their own existence.
Maybe we’re not turning into girly-men
But then again.