You have probably heard something over the years about the weed killer atrazine and its possible effect on amphibians. Here’s what one researcher reported:
“I’m not saying it’s unsafe for humans. All I’m saying is it makes hermaphrodites of frogs.” That was researcher Tyrone B. Hayes speaking to a New York Times reporter back in 2002, after his team at the University of California-Berkeley found that atrazine, a commonly used weed killer in North America, caused frog cells to churn out a potent hormone-converting chemical.
Scroll down the page (of interesting posts) to read more about atrazine and frogs. New research has confirmed that male frogs have been chemically castrated and many are actually able to copulate and produce eggs.
An estimated 79 million pounds of atrazine goes on the ground every year in the U.S. alone. Doesn’t that devil your eggs.