We have covered the story of the feminizing of men, the shrinking of both their numbers and their penises many times, most recently in The Disappearing Male and Are Boys Disappearing Because of Gender Bender Chemicals?
Now the Independent tells us of a new British study. It concludes:
"Males of species from each of the main classes of vertebrate animals (including bony fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) have been affected by chemicals in the environment.
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"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."
The article also notes:
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. Normally 106 boys are born for every 100 girls, but the ratio is slipping. It is calculated that 250,000 babies who would have been boys have been born as girls instead in the US and Japan alone.
And sperm counts are dropping precipitously. Studies in more than 20 countries have shown that they have dropped from 150 million per millilitre of sperm fluid to 60 million over 50 years. (Hamsters produce nearly three times as much, at 160 million.) Professor Nil Basu of Michigan University says that this adds up to "pretty compelling evidence for effects in humans".
So girls, (since there will be so few men around) the next time the FDA tells you that BPA is harmless, or that Pthalates are innocuous, or that Triclosan belongs in your toothpaste, tell them to just look around and count the boys. Independent via Earthfirst
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