View Full Version : Atrazine and Infertility: A Long Chain Connected to the Hearts of Women

12-15-11, 09:42 PM
Bea Johnson (http://www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com/a-visit-to-my-kitchen-bea-johnson-of-the-zero-waste-home/)
December 14, 2011

The other day I was talking to a woman I know who confessed she was having trouble getting pregnant. It was her birthday, and the look of longing on her face as she told me how much she wanted children tore at my heart. Fortunately, she is still young and has a great chance of having children—either the old-fashioned way or with all the new “technology” available to women these days. However, that morning I had also just read a new study about the weed killer atrazine (http://www.rodale.com/atrazine-water) and how it is believed to be causing all sorts of reproductive problems in the women of farm country (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22000761) (and Pennsylvania is still farm country, even if you live in a city or a suburb). This isn’t the first study to link atrazine with infertility, miscarriages, birth defects, and who knows what else.

Atrazine is so toxic it was supposed to be phased out by the newer herbicide Roundup. But with Roundup Ready GMOs losing their effectiveness (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/business/energy-environment/04weed.html?pagewanted=all), more and more farmers are returning to using atrazine (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/syngenta-2011-half-year-results-125996753.html) to “control” weeds. If you remember from my book Organic Manifesto (https://www.rodalestore.com/organic-manifesto.html), (https://www.rodalestore.com/organic-manifesto.html) I tell the story of how atrazine is made by a company named Syngenta in Switzerland. In Switzerland, atrazine is banned (http://www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com/is-our-sexuality-and-our-future-at-stake/).

Here’s the dilemma: People, not just women, but people everywhere, tend to assume that everything will go as planned in their lives. And so short-term priorities are things that I hear coming out of people’s mouths every day. “I’d love to eat organic food, but I can’t afford it.” Or, “What’s the difference, anyway—how about if I just eat a few things from that list that comes out every year, and then I’ll be fine?” We tend to live as if anything is possible—until it isn’t. Sure, tons of people can eat chemical food their whole lives and then have lots of children with no problem. But some people can’t. And for those couples, it’s heartbreaking. Other couples have no problem having kids, but those kids are born with life-long challenges like autism and ADHD (http://www.rodale.com/causes-autism-0).

Here’s my point: By the time you try to have kids and can’t, or have kids and they have autism (remember, the incidence is 1 out of 100 now (http://www.rodale.com/autism-and-rain)), it’s too late. It’s too late to go back and choose organic. And think about it: It’s not just what you are putting in your mouth that counts; it’s what the farmers are spraying on their fields, which is going into EVERYONE’S water (http://www.rodale.com/atrazine-effects). So even if you are only eating organic, atrazine could still be polluting your water. Everything is linked in a long chain, from the farmer in the field to the hearts of women everywhere. We need to make that chain visible so that we can choose to break it—or better yet, make it a healthy, valuable chain that connects us all in a good way, rather than a chain that pulls us all down together.

OK, this is a scandalous image, but I’m going to use it: Whenever a farmer sprays RoundUp or atrazine to kill “weeds,” think of those weeds as our future babies. I’m pro-life; I’m pro-choice; but most of all, I’m pro-organic.


12-16-11, 11:00 AM
Mellow and I were talking about this a few days ago — even if you try to eat organic and filter your water, there have been so many chemicals dumped on the Earth the last 50 years or so we all are getting toxic loads. Our grandchildren are being exposed as they develop to massive amounts of toxic chemicals and we both were wondering how they would be able to have healthy children when they grow up, if they can have children at all.

12-16-11, 11:26 AM
I detox periodically with MCP (Modified Citrus Pectin) or Pectasol, just to keep the toxic load under the radar. As you say, no matter how "clean" we live, we are nonetheless living in a toxic soup.

12-16-11, 07:51 PM
Achieving Victory Over a Toxic World by Mark Schauss would be the book that I recommend. In February, my plan is to hear him speak at a seminar. Should be quite interesting.

12-16-11, 09:07 PM
Speaking of lifelong learning (weren't we?), I'm enrolled in a climate change seminar in January, run by one of the masters — who, inclidentally, relocated to Maine last year because his prediction is that it's the safest place in the country to be vi-a-vis changing climate.

12-16-11, 10:06 PM
Seminar reports when y'all get a chance? I've started Dr. Daniel Amen's Magnificent Mind at Any Age and really like it. Took 1 1/2 weeks to air out the book from the stink of whatever someone sprayed it with!!!
I have the book The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living on hold at the Library.
January is good to refresh the mind with great books and seminars :)...

12-17-11, 10:39 AM
Islander, can you tell us more about your detox please? What do you do and how often?

12-17-11, 04:55 PM
I buy a bottle of NSI Modified Citrus Pectin and take it according to directions till it's gone. Months will go by before I think to do it again, but...periodically. I just ordered a bottle of Pectasol from Advanced Bionutritionals (same sort of thing) because of their annual $25 off anything deal, and will go through that eventually. It was a naturopath chiro who recommended the MCP.

I can't stand cilantro. If soeone puts cilantro on my plate, I throw it on the floor and step on it.

I keep saying I'll order some chlorella and spirulina but everything costs money, which right now I have not got. But I had a hair test 2 years ago and everything was in the green zone, so these are just basic precautionary measures.