Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Monday, January 18, 2010

REVIEWING ATRAZINE


I've never been much for handing petitions around; in general it's not a very effective way of solving problems. I'm making an exception today, though.

I've blogged more than once about the herbicide Atrazine, 80 million pounds of which are applied in the US each year. It is the commonest chemical pollutant in ground and surface water, where it can persist for over fifteen years. A powerful endocrine disruptor, it feminizes and sterilizes frogs and other wildlife and reduces immune function. It has been shown to cause prostate and breast cancer in laboratory rodents, and studies suggest it poses similar threats to humans. In the US, Atrazine is mostly used on corn, less than 2% of which is used for human consumption. Most studies have shown Atrazine to increase corn yields by 0-2%.
The EPA is currently reviewing their policies on Atrazine. The last such review, in 2003, included over 50 closed-door meetings with Syngenta, Atrazine's manufacturer. Please take a moment to click this link, read and sign this petition to join with US farmers calling on EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to hold a fair and open review that represents the interests of American farmers and families – not Syngenta.
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illustration: RIPARIAN RASHOMON--AGAMI HERON & BRILLIANT FOREST FROG (2009) acrylic diptych 15" x 20"; 15" x 20"

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Blogger Johnny said...

Great paintings Carel and a cool idea!!!

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Thanks very much, John! It makes my day to get a compliment from an artist like you.

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