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Monday, 22 April 2019

Endocrine Disruptors In Surface Water

The association Generations futures publishes, Tuesday, April 16, a new report that denounces the massive presence of endocrine disruptors from pesticides in surface water, streams, sea, lake, runoff.

Recall that endocrine disruptors are substances that act on the hormonal system with adverse effects on the health of the individual and his descendants. For its report, Future Generations relied on official data from 2015, concerning metropolitan France, Martinique and Reunion.

232 active substances of pesticides or suspected endocrine disruptors were found at least once in a French department. By department, at least 41 potential endocrine disruptors have been discovered on average, with great disparities: from 4 in southern Corsica to 90 in Calvados.

The leading trio of the most frequent substances is in the following order: glyphosate, present in the surface waters of 37 departments, ranging from 0 in Corsica-South to 100% in Paris; atrazine-desethyl, in 30 departments - remember that atrazine transforms male frogs into females - and finally, metolachlor in 15 departments.

Future Generations points out that it is difficult to analyze the causes of the disparity between departments due to the lack of accurate and regular data. This report signals the failure of the government's 2014 national strategy, and Future Generations calls for a real strategy that would ban the use of endocrine disruptors in pesticides.

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