Hormone-upsetting chemicals dumped into the environment are rising up to haunt Americans, spreading cancer and infertility around the world.
With the endocrine disrupting Bisphenol-A (BPA) -- found ubiquitously in food can linings, plastic bottles, ATM receipts, toilet paper and hundreds of other products -- already a major problem tied to infertility, breast cancer, low sperm counts, deformities in humans and sex morphology in aquatic wildlife, yet still unregulated by the FDA, other hormonal disrupters dumped into water supplies are emerging as major issues, too.
Now, environmentalists are concerned that hormones dumped into water -- from sources like factory farm cattle operations -- are at higher levels than previously though, in part because they mysteriously regenerate at night, thwarting attempts to measure them and assumptions about them breaking down in sunlight. From Nature.com: "Hormone-disrupting chemicals may be far more prevalent in lakes and rivers than previously thought. Environmental scientists have discovered that although these compounds are often broken down by sunlight, they can regenerate at night, returning to life like zombies."
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