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Environmental Signs Suggest Atrazine Is Becoming a Serious Health Threat

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  • Atrazine is the second most commonly used herbicide in the U.S., with more than 73 million pounds being applied to golf courses, lawns and food crops each year
  • Testing reveals 85 percent of male smallmouth bass in American wildlife refuges now carry eggs. The lowest incidence of feminization or intersex was 60 percent; the highest was 100
  • Atrazine is the one most commonly found pesticide in U.S. drinking water, and studies have linked atrazine exposure to impaired sexual development, some cancers, birth defects, insulin resistance and infertility

By Dr. Mercola

Atrazine, which was approved for use in 1958, is the second most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. More than 73 million pounds of it are applied to golf courses, lawns and food crops each year. As just one example of its prevalence, as much as 80 percent of all the herbicides used in Vermont are atrazine-based.


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