TESTES WITH EGGS IN THEM AND IT ALL BEGINS WITH WHAT WE HUMANS ARE INGESTING:
These chemicals get into our bodies and then end up in wastewater. Tillitt says that wastewater, even though it’s been treated, carries some of them into nearby waterways, and can negatively affect immune system response and reproductive health in fish.
Many believe a group of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors are to blame. They’re sort of like hormone imposters. They act like normal hormones – estrogen or testosterone for example – and mess with the body’s natural hormonal messaging system.
Scientists collecting fish in Puget Sound. Credit: NOAA
Bisphenol A is probably the most well-known chemical in this family. It’s commonly referred to as BPA. You’ll find it in certain plastics, the liners of canned goods, epoxies – even kids toys.
Synthetic estrogen from birth control pills has also been shown to feminize fish.
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