Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Contracepting the Environment

When EPA-funded scientists at the University of Colorado studied fish in a pristine mountain stream known as Boulder Creek two years ago, they were shocked. Randomly netting 123 trout and other fish downstream from the city’s sewer plant, they found that 101 were female, 12 were male, and 10 were strange “intersex” fish with male and female features.

It’s “the first thing that I’ve seen as a scientist that really scared me,” said then 59-year-old University of Colorado biologist John Woodling, speaking to the Denver Post in 2005.

They studied the fish and decided the main culprits were estrogens and other steroid hormones from birth control pills and patches, excreted in urine into the city’s sewage system and then into the creek.

Read the full article at The NC Register (Boulder, Colorado)
1. article by BY WAYNE LAUGESEN; NC REGISTER CORRESPONDENT from the July 15-21, 2007 Issue
2. click on the graphic for more info on How Modern Chemicals May Be Changing Human Biology (Male infertility on the rise and excessive environmental estrogens leading to breast cancer)

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