Transexual Frogs – jodi41086’s blog

A popular weed killer makes some frogs grow the wrong sex organs. Your drinking water may have 30 times the dose they’re getting

I also read this article for English and its very interesting. Poor Frogs right! Well poor us also, the drinking water with all the chemicals may lead to health problems if the problem is not looked into. Protecting our enviroment helps to protect us as well. Let me know what you think about this article!

The controversy began five years ago, when a company called Syngenta asked Hayes to run safety tests on its product atrazine. Syngenta is the world’s largest agribusiness company, with $6.3 billion in sales of crop-related chemicals and other products in 2001 alone. Atrazine is the most widely used weed killer in the United States. To test its safety, Hayes put trace amounts of the compound in the water tanks in which he raised African clawed frogs. When the frogs were fully grown, they appeared normal. But when Hayes looked closer, he found problems. Some male frogs had developed multiple sex organs, and some had both ovaries and testes. There were also males with shrunken larynxes, a crippling handicap for a frog intent on mating. The atrazine apparently created hermaphrodites at a concentration one-thirtieth the safe level set by the Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water.