Add a new word to your everyday vocabulary. Put it next to Zika Virus. Physicians in Brazil are sounding the alarm about a pesticide added to drinking water to stop the emergence of mosquitos. Pyripoxyfen is a chemical produced by Sumitomo Chemicals, an associate of Monsanto, that is commonly referred to as a growth inhibitor. It is an endocrine disruptor that interferes with immature insect growth, preventing normal development.
Pyripoxyfen was first introduced in Japan in 1995. It has been used in the US to control pests on cotton plants. Its application uses have steadily expanded to include many domestic uses from controlling cockroaches to fleas on house pets.
California has researched this effective poison. They have found that it is 95% effective against mosquitos, interfering with maturation and sometimes killing the larvae. They have found that when the pesticide is introduced to water bodies, it degrades by about 50% in 24 hours. But when the water contains organic matter, the poison is absorbed into the material and persists for longer periods.
The Physicians commented: “Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added Pyriproxyfen to drinking water are not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places a direct blame on the Zika virus for this damage.” GM Watch
While there is no definitive connection between the use of a hormone disruptor used to kill insects and developmental deformities in humans, it bears looking at. Humans are not bugs, but many metabolic pathways are similar.
For the women who have had babies born with developmental deformities it matters little who is to blame. They bear the tragic results. With over 4000 babies born with microcephaly to date, women in some of these S. American countries are trying to re-open the abortion debate. Others are not waiting and have obtained clandestine abortions.
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California Department or Pesticide Regulation
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