Monday, August 24, 2009

Atrazine in our Water Supply, Again!

Atrazine, the world’s most popular herbicide-weed killer, is back in the spotlight. This time the finger is being pointed at the EPA for not informing the public that higher levels of this chemical was found in our drinking water. The debate now is over threshold levels. What is safe? What is too much? Why is there any in the first place in our water supply?

Now, I’ve been researching and reading the case studies of Atrazine, PCBs, BPA’s and other nasties in our natural surroundings. The story of this toxin is extremely important and starts with Tyrone Hayes in 1998. He holds a biology degree from Harvard University and a doctorate in amphibian development from Berkeley, where he was tenured at a young age of thirty and later became the university's youngest full professor. The science community refers to him as a Rock Star since he was part of an "expert panel" that did research funded by Syngenta (manufacturer of atrazine). Make a long story short, his career with Syngenta went extremely bad when his team's research confirmed that atrazine was associated with hermaphroditism in frogs 100 percent of the time. It is well known that when Hayes discusses these findings at public presentations, grown men shift uncomfortably in their chairs when he explains, "The gonads, instead of sperm, have eggs, and the frogs are chemically castrated because they do not make testosterone."

More importantly, the endocrine disruptors (like Atrazine) are chemicals that imitate the body’s hormonal system and consequently disrupt chemical text messaging amongst cells and other glands. As big “endo” words have been used recently (BPA, PCBs, PBDEs), scientists continue to publish and scream their findings of the alarming rise of hormonally driven cancers (breast and prostate) in younger adults. More recently are the intense battles between the EPA, FDA, farmers and pesticide manufacturers.

Even the Natural Resources Defense Council, an advocacy organization, is expected to release a report on Monday that fully analyzes a smaller set of Syngenta's weekly testing results -- from 2003 through 2006. According to the EPA data obtained by the Investigative Fund, cities in four states -- Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kansas -- had yearly averages of atrazine violating that standard from 2003 to 2008. The EPA plan is to revisit its rules for atrazine in 2011. Ha! Too late by my standards.

Source: Investigative Fund, Huffington Post, CNN News


SoccerNerdPunk said...

On top of pesticides you have trace amounts of prescription drugs and birth control hormones in the water too. Don't you love being treated for schizophrenia, having an increased risk of breast cancer, and being sterilized all from drinking water?

Sustaino - said...

I'm glad we have a whole house water filtration system; however, I'm still a little concerned that is doesn't take out all the pharma and other nasties in the water.

Boice Box said...

Atrazine has received a lot of press lately and more consumers are finally becoming aware of the dangers of it in their drinking water.

The state of Indiana released a statement just this week, encouraging consumers to use "point of use" drinking water filtration systems to protect themselves. Unfortunately, not all filters remove atrazine.

I'm happy to say that the Multi-Pure drinking water systems DO remove atrazine, along with about 63 other harmful contaminants! Our filters cost less than bottled water and are certified by NSF to reduce the widest range of contaminants in the industry!

If you'd like to know more, I'd be happy to talk to you about our products. We can wait for the government to do its part or we can solve the problem ourselves!

Atrazine Water said...

When we drink a glass of water from the faucet, we assume it’s safe. But a story in this weekend’s New York Times raises unsettling questions about the effect of herbicides.

Atrazine Water said...

If you'd like to know more, I'd be happy to talk to you about our products. We can wait for the government to do its part or we can solve the problem ourselves!