[Source] Atrazine, which was banned in Europe in 2005 due to its potent properties and harmful effects on animals and humans, has been found in nearly 1 in 6 Americans’ drinking water.
Although the chemical has been used for more than 50 years, evidence continues to pour in that it isn’t safe for human consumption.
When atrazine is found in wildlife refuges, it can be incredibly harmful and is known to feminize several species of wildlife.
For example, the male smallmouth bass, which is incredibly sensitive to pollutants, carries eggs 85% of the time at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, which is known to be contaminated with the chemical.
If a chemical can change the sex of animals that are not already intersex, then one would think that it could be harmful to humans, and that assumption would be correct.
The chemical is known to disrupt endocrine function in human beings, which can lead to a number of health problems.
According to research, exposure to atrazine in utero can cause genital deformation in young boys, including a development of a micropenis, medically known as microphallus.
Other problems that may occur as a result of exposure include reduction in fertility, weight gain, lowering metabolism, ovarian cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, thyroid disorder and hairy cell leukemia.