Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails…

By  | November 19, 2008 | 1 Comment | Filed under: Posts by M. Boilard

This popular nursery rhyme has proven the test of time, as every parent knows. Nevertheless, we need to ask our ‘truth seekers’ if its relevance to the future is fading.

The topic of the environment has always been special to me; I’ve always felt my feet firmly planted on this earth. However, I have found that as I gain knowledge about all living things around me, I increasingly realize just how fragile our symbiotic relationship is with this thing we call the environment. This growing knowledge is a source of fear for me, yet this fear is what compels me to continue.

Now…someone please tell me…How do we deal with something like this?

Worldwide, a healthy population is one that has a male birth rate between 50.4% and 51.9% of all births. Apparently, this has always been a stable fact. History has shown us that typically the number of baby boys born is normally higher than that of girls, which is thought to be nature’s way of conteracting the higher mortality rate of the male. In Canada this ratio is generally at a healthy 51.2%.

In 2005, a discovery was made in a small community in Ontario. Up until 1994 the birth ratio was typical, however this community has since been suffering a significant decline in the number of male births. In fact, the percentage of male births fell so sharply from1999 to 2003 that the community sent out a cry for help. Male births dropped from an already low 41.2% to an unheard of 34.8%. The suspected cause… this First Nation community near Sarnia is within close proximity to a cluster of large industrial, petrochemical, polymer, and chemical plants.

The sex ratios and the reproductive abilities of the area’s fish, birds, turtles, etc. were also way off-balance. The soil was found to contain high concentrations of contaminants; endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to be exact.

Endocrine-disrupting…what does that mean?

“An endocrine disruptor is an exogenous substance (meaning substance from outside of the organism) or mixture that alters function(s) of the endocrine system and consequently causes adverse health effects in an intact organism, or it progeny, or (sub) populations.”
(def. taken from: www.hc-sc.gc.ca/sr-sr/finance/tsri-irst/proj/endocrin/index-eng.php)

According toWikipedia: “The endocrine system is an integrated system of small organs that involve the release of extra-cellular signalling molecules known as hormones. The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating metabolism, growth, development and puberty, tissue function, and also plays a part in determining mood.”

Now I take this away from Ontario, to remote communities north of the Arctic Circle.

Scientist have found that the Arctic’s environment acts as a ‘pollution sink’ for much of the industrialized world. High levels of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals are found in sea birds, seals and polar bears…etc. The Innuit people have become vulnerable to these toxic pollutants since the poison lies hidden in their food chain. Scientist have found high levels of these hormone-like chemicals in the blood of the pregnant women in the Arctic communities. The suspected result is the same as the community in Ontario; their future’s baby boys are disappearing.

We are not just talking remote communities however. Studies have found that the birth rate of males over much of the northern hemishpere, particularly Japan and the United States have dropped notably (250,000 ‘missing’ boys since the ‘70s). The girl ratio in our modern world is climbing fast.

Is this just my perspective, or is this information a sign of whats to come? Are we not talking about our very survival as a human race? This isn’t just about lost boys; this has nothing to do with ‘girl power’. Am I wrong to think that there are people that would prefer to keep this information hidden through denial…live for today and forget about tomorrow?

Chemical companies are continuing, as you read this, to produce new and improved versions of their endocrine-disrupting chemicals. These chemicals are everywhere…even in baby bottles and ‘nuks’. It is true that governments are quietly moving towards some form of control, but shouldn’t it be done louder and clearer, so as to send the message echoing right across this globe.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals….?

NO! …snips and snails and puppy dog tails…THAT’S…what little boys are made of…

***The Ontario Ministry of Environment has posted a proposal for a New General Regulation to be issued under the Pesticides Act, 1990 so as to implement the Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act, 2008. The proposal containing the lists of these common chemicals are currently posted on the Envionmenal Bill of Rights (EBR) Registry…for your information and for your comment:

www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/
just punch in the registry number: 010-5080

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One Response to Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails…

  1. Debbie Duff Vitez November 3, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Mags
    This is so on the money. Now with the MOE finally being sued by Ecojustice.. Maybe people will start paying closer attention to what the MOE gets away with daily in this Country!

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