Toxic chemical runoff from farms is scaring the lab coats
off of scientists.
Read the shocking news about the strange effect on wildlife.
HOW MUCH WASTE CAN A COW PRODUCE?
A Cow can eat 70-100 pounds of commercial feed and drink the
equivalent of a 55- gallon drum of water each day. GOT
MILK? Then you've GOT BODY WASTE!
There are more than nine million cows in America and there
are no standards to limit the levels of dangerous pesticides
given to them in feed. Those toxins accumulate in their
flesh and body fluids which Americans then eat. Those
toxins are sprayed on crops and find their way into
America's streams and rivers. So do the toxins excreted in
body waste. Nine million cows produce one billion pounds of
body waste each day. There are ten times that amount of
hogs and beef cattle, not to mention chickens, lambs, and
other animals raised to feed America.
In 1985, a pond in California was so severly polluted by a
combination of agricultural factors that the government
determined would serve as a model for a long-range study of
the effect of agricultural chemicals on the environment.
ANIMALS WERE RECENTLY AUTOPSIED
Michael Delamore, chief of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's
drainage program in Fresno, has been analyzing a study of
toxic farm chemicals in waterways and he is more than
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS were found in one-
third of the 87 field mice, house mice, harvest mice, and
California voles trapped last year on land that once
collected toxic runoff at the Kesterson National Wildlife
Refuge in Los Banos, California.
WHAT DO BIOLOGISTS SAY?
Technically, the rodents seem to be pseudo-hermaphroditic,
according to biologist Gary Santolo, who led the
investigation. They appear to be males from the outside and
lack external female genitalia, but have a fully developed
set of internal female organs in addition to functional male
Dr. Richard Auchus, an endocrinologist at the University of
California at San Francisco, had this comment:
"It's fair to say that if it happened in four species and
happened suddenly, it's indicative of an environmental cause
of some sort."
WHY BLAME IT ON AGRICULTURE?
ACCORDING TO CNN (June 14, 1999):
"Animals in the area have been monitored yearly since an
investigation in 1985 revealed that selenium, a byproduct of
agricultural runoff, was killing or deforming thousands of
"Massive quantities of selenium, pesticides and other toxic
chemicals were being deposited in the refuge in ponds that
served as a dump for farm runoff."