“The atrazine hysteria doesn’t pass inspection — it reeks of ambulance chasers and lawsuit shoppers.”
Chris Bennett writes at FarmPressBlog:
Darnell the frog is the champion of the anti-atrazine crowd. Darnell is an ex-male that became partially female and got cross-wired or something to that effect. A hemaphrodite, transgendered frog with high-pitched croaks — maybe that’s a more politically correct description and about as clear as mud.
Darnell has been afflicted with an odd series of reproductive problems as a result of exposure to the herbicide atrazine in his swimming tank — or at least that is the claim of bombastic UC Berkeley professor Tyrone Hayes. Tending to push his fame quotient alongside his atrazine research, Hayes blames atrazine for a litany of maladies in animals and humans: cancer, neural damage, hormone disruption, and a bunch more. Hayes’ ranting e-mail communications with atrazine’s manufacturer, Syngenta, recently became something of an Internet sensation. Hayes managed to undermine his own mines with pages of profane ramblings…