I wrote about this a long time ago, but recently some new studies have confirmed it. Pesticides and other endocrine disrupting chemicals can have effects that influence the health of your offspring… and their offspring. The documented effects included tumors, infertility, reduced sperm count, and kidney disease. How this is happening is still open for some debate. But the researchers suspect that the effects are not the result of true genetic mutations, but rather caused by changing the programming of genes that express normal development.
These effects have been noticed in fish, rats, and are believed to be occurring in many species of mammal. Last time I checked humans were still mammals, aren’t we? This makes me an even stronger proponent of limiting our exposure to pesticides, plastics, and other man-made chemicals. Being successful in this limitation means being aware. Our exposure comes in so many ways we cannot control that reducing exposure whenever we can is of utmost importance.
Some commentators and emailers take me to task as being an alarmist, but I don’t think so. I really believe that 100 years from now people will look back on this “golden age of chemicals” and wonder how we could have done it to ourselves.