Pollution is Shrinking Man, Parts...

Males of all species, from fish to mammals, are being feminized and not by reruns of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. According to a new report by the environmental charity CHEMTrust, a variety of common chemicals and pesticides are shrinking male genitals and causing abnormalities in the animal kingdom, like hermaphrodite polar bears and male fish developing eggs in their testes.

Scientists worry this could jump to humans too! Heavily polluted communities in Canada, Russia and Italy are already giving birth to twice as many girls than boys. And in the U.S. and Japan, research indicates 250,000 babies who would have been boys were born as girls instead. Female hormones from contraceptive pills reentering water supplies could be one reason why; The Independent reports.

Via TreeHugger.

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Monty - December 11, 2008 9:36 AM

According to Theo Colborn in her book Our Stolen Future, declining sperm counts and incomplete or defective development of the male embryo and fetus are caused by estrogenic pollutants in the environment. The most common of these are pesticides and herbicides. Spraying these things on lawns and gardens has become a conditioned reflex in most of the population.

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