Pesticide Turns Male Frogs into Females

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The pesticide atrazine can turn male frogs into females that are able to mate and successfully reproduce.
Here, two male frogs mating. The larger animal on the bottom has been completely feminized by
atrazine exposure and can produce viable eggs.

A commonly used pesticide known as atrazine can turn male frogs into females that are successfully able to reproduce, a new study finds.

While previous work has shown atrazine can cause sexual abnormalities in frogs, such as hermaphroditism (having both male and female sex organs), this study is the first to find that atrazine’s effects are long-lasting and can influence reproduction in amphibians.

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Study Shows Genetically Modified Crops ‘Can Cause Liver and Kidney Damage’

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An environmental campaigner protesting against the grim outcome of GM crops.

Fresh fears were raised over GM crops yesterday after a study showed they can cause liver and kidney damage.

According to the research, animals fed on three strains of genetically modified maize created by the U.S. biotech firm Monsanto suffered signs of organ damage after just three months.

The findings only came to light after Monsanto was forced to publish its raw data on safety tests by anti-GM campaigners.

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A Global Horror Story: How Monsanto Owns And Manipulates The World’s Food Supply

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Care about world hunger or global safety? Monsanto sure doesn’t…
Here is a major AP expose of how Monsanto uses secret licensing agreements for its genetically manipulated crops to squeeze smaller seed companies, lock out competition, and keep food prices high Monsanto’s methods are spelled out in a series of confidential commercial licensing agreements obtained by the AP. The contracts, as long as 30 pages, include basic terms for the selling of engineered crops resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, along with shorter supplementary agreements that address new Monsanto traits or other contract amendments…