Black People : Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted By Herbicide Firm Syngenta

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  1. RAPTOR

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    Democracy Now - "We speak with scientist Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, who discovered a widely used herbicide may have harmful effects on the endocrine system. But when he tried to publish the results, the chemical’s manufacturer launched a campaign to discredit his work. Hayes was first hired in 1997 by a company, which later became agribusiness giant Syngenta, to study their product, Atrazine, a pesticide that is applied to more than half the corn crops in the United States, and widely used on golf courses and Christmas tree farms. When Hayes found results Syngenta did not expect — that Atrazine causes sexual abnormalities in frogs, and could cause the same problems for humans — it refused to allow him to publish his findings. A new article in The New Yorker magazine uses court documents from a class-action lawsuit against Syngenta to show how it sought to smear Hayes’ reputation and prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from banning the profitable chemical, which is already banned by the European Union."​
     
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    There are other places he can publish his research to get it out there






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    he has...

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    He's not saying anything new and the response, especially by corporations, is pretty much expected.

    Look at monographs, ecotox, and tox douments for a lot of these products or look at their MSDS/SDS documents and it's pretty clear that a lot of this stuff is known.

    I think the problem is we live in a world where the worth of people's health and the environment is determined by the market. And that's a losing game.
     
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    ...New to me.
     
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    Silent Spring - Rachel Carson published in 1962

    We should have been listening to scientists about this stuff (and more) for a long time now.
     
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