07 December 2008

Pesticide Pollution Produces Predominance of Female Fetuses and Egg-Filled Testicles

It is calculated that 250,000 babies who would have been boys have been born as girls instead in the US and Japan alone. _Independent
Around the world, in every ocean, from North Pole to South Pole, in every branch of the animal kingdom, the male sex is under assault. Scientists know that the female body plan is typically nature's default. It requires modification by male hormones to produce the male of the species. Evidence is accumulating that certain pesticides used in agriculture, and perhaps other chemicals present in the environment, are blocking the normal developmental action of male hormones on embryos and the young of a large number of animal species.
"Feminisation of the males of numerous vertebrate species is now a widespread occurrence. All vertebrates have similar sex hormone receptors, which have been conserved in evolution. Therefore, observations in one species may serve to highlight pollution issues of concern for other vertebrates, including humans."...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, with another 20 per cent undergoing lesser feminisation....boys born to mothers with raised levels of phthalates were more likely to have smaller penises and undescended testicles...Communities heavily polluted with gender-benders in Canada, Russia and Italy have given birth to twice as many girls than boys, which may offer a clue to the reason for a mysterious shift in sex ratios worldwide.
As sperm counts continue to fall, and as sex ratios continue to swing toward the female end of the spectrum, human societies have to decide what they will need to do to avoid potentially existential repercussions.

As the political folly -- and waste of resources -- of the global warming jihad becomes ever clearer on a cooling planet, will humans finally wake up to the genuine, important problems that they will need to face?

Or are dysfunctional human governments so fixated on a faux climate crisis that they will pursue the greenhouse phantom at the cost of being unable to deal with real and actual environmental threats? Humans are accustomed to being failed by their governments. A failure this time may flip humans into a totally new evolutionary path. I doubt that anything in our brave new leaders' pasts has prepared them for that.

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Blogger SwampWoman said...

And yet there is no shortage whatsoever of alligators, one of the supposedly feminized species cited.

I also have 2 healthy grandsons, so I'm not overly concerned.

Sunday, 07 December, 2008  
Blogger Stopped Clock said...

I dont know if this is that bad. Arguably, men became obsolete as soon as the threat from wild animals disappeared. The world would be better with more women and fewer men.

However I question whether this is even real or if it just some scientists jumping to conclusions. Wouldn't we have heard about it before now if whole cities in various countries around the world were experiencing 2:1 birth ratios?

Sunday, 07 December, 2008  
Blogger kurt9 said...

I always wondered if this was real. You know, there was a lot of talk about this during the 90's. There was a book published in the mid 90's called "Our Stolen Future" that talked about this. Al Gore even wrote a preface for the paperback version of that book in 1998. Then, nothing.

Since 1998 or so, there has been no discussion about this issue at all, until now with this newspaper article.

Monday, 08 December, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Yes, it is natural to be skeptical. But how do you really know if you are shooting out eggs or sperm? Do you have a bedside microscope so that you can quickly withdraw, cut open the condom, and inspect the fresh goods under glass? Not likely.

Think of the possibilities for true single parenting. For those true hermaphrodites out there, all you need now is a working womb, and you can propagate your own progeny.

Or, looking at it another way, some of the pesticides may emerge as a new male contraceptive, at least in the third world. Mbeki retired from the South African presidency, perhaps he could start a company to market such a product? He could also claim that it cures AIDS, to aid sales.

Monday, 08 December, 2008  

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