Does our demand for instant gratification in the realm of sex supersede all other concerns? Will we even examine the effects of the birth control pill? Not on nature, it seems…:
At first glance, most fish caught in the Delaware River look perfectly normal. But scientists who investigated further discovered something very unusual.
A sampling of certain male fish were found to be carrying female eggs.
These “intersex” fish were not only in the Delaware but in two other Pennsylvania river systems, according to a study done by the U.S. Geological Survey.
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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, this is the result of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the water. The fish’s endocrine system, which regulates hormones and reproductive systems, is being thrown off by the estrogen and estrogen-like chemicals being dumped into the water through both agricultural and human waste, such as manure and human waste water, along with synthetic chemicals coming from plastics and pharmaceutical chemicals that act like estrogens, such as the ones found in birth control pills.
Not a peep from the environmentalists on this one…