The Pros And Cons Of Atrazine

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The controversy surrounding Atrazine started when the Syngenta company invited Tyrone Hayes, who was then a faculty member in UC Berkeley’s Biology department, to conduct some simple experiments on the herbicide. At first, Hayes got along with the other scientists at the company and everything seemed to be going relatively well. It was only when Hayes concluded in his that Atrazine might have adverse effects on the sexual development of frogs, that the relationship between Hayes and Syngenta started to go downhill, causing Hayes to resign from his job within the company and start studying the effects of Atrazine on his own. The controversy surrounding the topic really just boils down to Hayes VS Syngenta in the fight over what the effects of Atrazine really are, and if the herbicide is really safe to use in America’s agriculture. Hayes claims that Atrazine can cause the feminization of frogs, and further says that Atrazine can act as a HAA and affect the endocrine system of humans. He also claims that the Syngenta company has been doing everything in its power to discredit him and his research. Syngenta, of course, has been saying that Atrazine doesn’t actually cause any harm to humans or frogs, and claims that Hayes’ research results has not and cannot be replicated. When comparing the New Yorker and Forbes articles on the subject of Tyrone Hayes, the bias is very obvious. The New Yorker takes a more traditionally liberal stance on the subject, painting Hayes as a sort
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