James Delingpole takes a look at the atrazine crusade and endocrine disruptor research.
Dr. Hayes says its a conspiracy–those big bad ag chemical people who make it possible to feed so many. Delingpole comments very effectively.
In Europe food safety concerns about endocrine disruption have people wringing their hands, politicians enshrine the precautionary principle, for fear of chemical that threaten the sexual identities of humans. Who cares if the research can’t be reproduced and the targeted chemical, atrazine, or other alleged endocrine disrupters like BPA have repeatedly been shown safe.
In the case of atrazine it is very beneficial for agriculture and food production will decline if it is banned in Europe.
You might recall that JunkScience.com has repeatedly and comprehensively addressed endocrine disruptor claims.
Many years ago two of my favorite people Milloy and Gough, wrote insightfully about the endocrine disrupter panic in Congress.
A fine University, Tulane, took a hit early on when their disruptor research group had to withdraw a paper from publication, but the crusade has legs because of chemophobia and HL Mencken’s reminder about the goal of practical politics–panic the public so they will be clamorous to be led to safety even if they are afraid of imagined threats that Mencken called hobgoblins.
Now the great University U CAL has Dr. Hayes as a tenured professor, a researcher busy looking for frogs with ambiguous genitalia that he can blame on endocrine disruption, that appears to be another mythical threat. He also claims a corporate conspiracy that is damaging his reputation or his resaerch opportunities.
Here is the Gough and Milloy essay on how the Congress got stampeded on disruptors about 15 years ago. Politicians are sometimes their own worst enemies, searching for chances to be saviors and heroes, fighting terrible enemies like chemical dragons and sinister evil corporate monsters. Using their legislative swords to slay the beasts.
Some other entries in this link to JunkScience archives.