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Baby, Meet Frog; Frog, Meet Baby

Friday, April 27, 2012

Renowned researcher and professor Tyrone Hayes has been studying the effects of the common herbicide atrazine for more than a decade. His findings contributed to the European Union's decision to ban this toxic endocrine disrupter.

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Much of his research has focused on how atrazine affects amphibians, especially their processes of metamorphosis and sex differentiation. Be warned - it's not pretty. In December 2010, Professor Hayes, who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, gave a talk with mother and filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer at the TEDWomen conference in Washington DC to discuss what babies (and adults) can learn from frogs. Jenn Savedge at Mother Nature News posted a video of their appearance on her blog post Friday (April 27). Uncomfortable with a chemical that causes sex-changes in frogs to be allowed in our water and on our farms? Let Washington know. Legislation introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) would ban the herbicide in the U.S. Rep. Ellison's bill - H.R.4318 - would specifically prohibit production, sale, use, importation or exportation of any pesticide containing atrazine. image via

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