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Syngenta Terrorized Scientist for 15 Years to Quell Concerns About Atrazine

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  • Atrazine is the second most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. Europe banned it in 2005 due to suspected environmental damage and health concerns
  • Tyrone Hayes, a UC Berkeley professor, was hired by Syngenta to investigate the effects of atrazine on amphibians, but the company blocked the publication of his work when they didn’t like the results
  • Research shows atrazine triggers overproduction of estrogen and underproduction of testosterone, and it has been linked to deformities of the reproductive organs, several types of cancer and birth defects

By Dr. Mercola

With the advent of the "green revolution" starting in the 1930s, chemicals were widely embraced as the way to eradicate hunger and ensure abundant harvests. Pesticides and synthetic fertilizers were hailed as scientific marvels that afforded the Western world the highest standard of living the world had ever known.


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