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Originally published January 19 2015

Dr. Tyrone Hayes explains how chemical companies use scientific fraud to sell GMOs and poison

by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) Dr. Tyrone Hayes, one of the most important scientists to expose the dangers of Syngenta's pesticide atrazine, was recently interviewed by the environmentalist blog TreeHugger. Dr. Hayes uncovered how the industry behind genetically modified organisms is also the industry that pushes agrochemicals. He talked about how scientists are trapped into silence and corruption, overpowered by the influence of the GMO-agrochemical industry.

Dr. Tyrone Hayes once worked with Syngenta and quickly observed how fellow scientists were willing to do whatever the company wanted because of the money. Hayes remembers the culture -- scientists conducting experiments in a cheating manner, over and over again, to validate results that the chemical company desired. After all, who wants to go against the grain when your paycheck is on the line? Even scientists follow along, to get along, obeying blindly to keep the money flowing in.

Dr. Tyrone Hayes discovered that Syngenta's pesticide atrazine caused frogs to change genders

While working with Syngenta, Dr. Tyrone Hayes discovered that the pesticide atrazine caused frogs to change genders, among other negative effects on the ecosystem. Haye's research was highlighted in a segment of the Amazon Original TV series pilot The New Yorker Presents.

In the recent interview, Hayes came forward about his interest in amphibians and the environment, telling about his childhood growing up in the Congaree Swamp of South Carolina. He ultimately went on to study biology at Harvard and obtained a PhD at Berkeley studying the environment, the effects on amphibians and the role of hormones in development. He was ultimately hired by Syngenta to study the pesticide atrazine and its interference with hormones.

Hayes reveals Syngenta knew about atrazine's endocrine-disrupting properties

On why Syngenta hired him to study atrazine, Haye's commented, "They knew what the compounds did and I think that by hiring scientists ahead of any independent group or any government agency, they then had control over the data and how the data would be presented -- or whether the data got presented at all -- and how much of the data got to the EPA."

He continued, "Individuals within the organization certainly knew about atrazine's endocrine disrupting properties, from conversations that I had when we started the work. I think the goal was to be in control of the finances and the research and the data."

Chemical companies prey on young scientists

Hayes commented on his experience starting out as a scientist working for an agrochemical company, "I think what they do, in my experience, is they prey on young scientists. I was an up-and-coming scientist at the time, a brand new assistant professor and I didn't have tenure. What they can offer, especially in this funding climate, is a significant amount of funding to a young scientist and the promise of funding for life. They have control over that science and control over the career of a scientist...."

Hayes said the EPA indicated that they understood the detrimental effects that atrazine had on humans and wildlife in a New Yorker article but said the EPA is more concerned with "economic considerations." Hayes said, "[T]aking atrazine off the market would cause economic harm, at least according to EPA, so they balance the health costs and the environmental risk with the economic benefits of the chemical."

He said additionally that "Syngenta puts a lot of money into lobbyists and propaganda to defeat efforts to get their compound off the market."

Hayes points out the real problem with GMOs today

Hayes pointed out the real problem with GMOs: "For me [it] is that we're using more and more pesticides."

He revealed that "six big chemical companies own 90 percent of the seed companies," causing a horrific conflict of interest. "They want to genetically design a plant that makes the farmers dependent on them, but they also want to make sure that the plant requires the chemical that the parent company produces," he said.

Atrazine's negative effects include birth defects, loss of gender identity

Hayes said that atrazine is directly associated with the decline in amphibian populations around the country, contributing to the decline in 70 percent of all amphibian species. Habitat loss is the biggest threat.

For humans and mammals, the negative effects are just as dire. Atrazine is associated with decreased sperm count, genital malformations, increased breast cancer risk and heightened prostate cancer in men who work around the chemical. It even causes spontaneous abortion in rats and other birth defects in humans, including intestines that form outside the body.

Atrazine is literally causing a gender crisis, blurring the lines of male and female sexuality. Atrazine causes a decrease in testosterone and an increase in estrogen, conflicting humans.

It is important details like these that are left out and silenced, as scientists are used and paid off to follow along with industry demands.


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