Skip to comments.Infertility in Spanish Pigs Has Been Traced to Plastics. A Warning for Humans?
Posted on 06/18/2014 4:33:09 PM PDT by Renfield
A strange catastrophe struck Spain's pig farmers in the spring of 2010. On 41 farms across the countryeach home to between 800 and 3,000 pigsmany sows suddenly ceased bearing young.
On some farms, all the sows stopped reproducing. On others, those that did become pregnant produced smaller litters.
When investigators examined the sows and the semen that had been used to artificially inseminate themit had been collected from different boar studs and refrigeratedthey couldn't find anything wrong. The sperm cells weren't misshapen. None of the sows were diseased. No microbes or fungal toxins were detected in their feed or water.
Only one factor was common to all the farms and studs: The plastic bags used for semen storage all came from the same place.....
(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...
I sometimes wonder about all the plastics and hormones in our food, in conjunction with the whole homosexual thing.
I have placed mine in several different locations over the years but I must say....never in a plastic bag.
Guess I am safe.
....just now noticed you posted this thread....guess a sailor will understand my previous comment...haha.
Yeah, me neither.
Well, there is the belief that overpopulation of humans is the cause of all woes.
Or maybe it could be the birth control drugs from urine flushed into the water table for the last fifty years. It’s a wonder there are any sperm alive.
Well don’t put those plastic grocery bags in your salad anymore.
Good thing I store mine in mason jars.
guys....don’t store your semen in plastic bags....
Geeze, even us anit-Amnesty people don’t use that term.
They should start making condoms out of that stuff.
Where’s General Jack D. Ripper when you need him.
Or a 5-gallon bucket?
I think that has the same plastic issues as the bags. Insist on glass!
This is how scientists get it wrong. You cannot make the jump from semen, a biological living fluid, to how food May or may not absorb similar compounds. Nor can you then make the jump to how said food after consumption and digestion somehow leads to infertility. The storage mechanism failed. That is all they can say
Combine the effects of plastics with the increased consumption of Soy.
IN the meantime, don’t store your sperm in plastic bags.
I guess that rules out condoms.
“Plastics Derived Endocrine Disruptors (BPA, DEHP and DBP) Induce Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Obesity, Reproductive Disease and Sperm Epimutations “
the lonely lives of investigators.
“Magapor had purchased the semen storage bags from a Chinese manufacturer. When the company switched to a different bag producer, the Spanish pigs’ fertility returned to normal.”
The money quote.
Yeah nothing like injecting your test subject with multi thousands of times a dose age to ‘prove’ that something is bad. Another bit of science paid for most likely by tax payers. Next thing you know they will want to ban salt....
Actually, the best ‘results’ came from the low level dose over an extended period of time. That’s the dose that had the biggest epigenetic effects in subsequent generations.
We can’t use metals or stone, because that involves mining and quarrying. We can’t use wood, because that involves cutting trees. We can’t build dams, because that disrupts spawning. We can’t build nuclear plants, because they create radioactive waste. We can’t use fossil fuels, because they are not sustainable. We can’t use plastics, because they derive from fossil fuels. Therefore, we need to kill six billion people. /s
I would commit suicide before I would eat soy!
Oh my. Fascinating. And reminds me of the rising price of pork products in the US.
Infertility in humans is caused by confusing entrance A with exit B.
It costs far too much coin to derive the proper links to the conclusion. Anyway, they just know it has to be right, and then run with it. Much like AGW.
Money quote is right; you beat me to it. I think only 2% actually read the linked articles. I’m sometimes of that 2%, depending on my schedule.
Guilty as charged...
Right? Hmmm. Let's see. It's not happened before, they buy from a Chinese manufacturer and it's now happening. Well, golly gee!
It’s hard to take this article seriously. BPA has been repeatedly proven to be safe.
I guess some people need something to be afraid of.
No WONDER the Chinese have to exterminate every endangered species on earth to allow them to get it up-—they’re fertility-compromised because of their cheaply made plastic bags.
and has nothing to do with human consumption....like banning saccharin and the whole Tab fiasco. “The soda later garnered negative publicity when scientists speculated that its main sweetener, sodium saccharin, was a potential animal carcinogen. These studies, conducted on lab rats, resulted in mandatory warning labels on the soda throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. In recent years, the studies asserting saccharin’s carcinogenic effects have been largely debunked. Recent studies found the initial findings to be flawed and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked the mandatory health labels in 2000, deeming no correlation between saccharin and cancer in humans”
Go find some high school yearbooks from the 1920’s. Preferably a rural area. Note the square jaws and 5 o’clock shadow on the senior boys. This was my grandfather’s generation. They all had deep resonant voices.
Now, look at the same HS yearbook from the year 2014. The senior boys all look like overgrown 13yr olds who haven’t, largely, hit puberty yet. They have effeminate sloped jawlines and ‘sweet’ voices. The square jaws are on the senior girls. I’m sure this is because they just weren’t spanked enough...
Magapor had purchased the semen storage bags from a Chinese manufacturer. When the company switched to a different bag producer, the Spanish pigs’ fertility returned to normal.
Don’t get me started on soft drinks ,, the original artificial sweetener that was banned ,, the cyclamates , tasted great and were later proven to be harmless.
Damn fertile Myrtles!
The day will come that factory soy can no longer be protected.
I avoid raw soy... which is hard as “they” put it in everything...
I also believe it makes people “vote poorly”. Bwhahaha!
Perhaps there is something to Weston A. Price’s studies, afterall?
How much of our food supply and pharmaceuticals comes from China. I’m sure they’d never engage in ‘shenanigans’ with any of that.
20 years ago the largest city near me had one part time fertility doc located in a major ob/gyn practice. His patients (he’s a friend of a friend) were 2 types (ok, 3). They were either the 35+ who forgot to have kids, the 20 something or early 30 something who had reproductive damage from an STD or tubal ligation and changed their minds, or they were damaged due to DES.
Now, that same city has grown by about 20% populationwise. However, now there are SIX fulltime fertility docs. They have patients in the above mentioned categories along with a whole host of men who have no swimmers or have too few to do the job or have defective swimmers. Along with a whole bunch of seemingly healthy couples who are infertile for ‘we have no idea why you can’t get pregnant...’. The latter group contains a lot of mid/late 20 somethings. The waiting list at those fertility specialists clinics run from 3-6m for an initial appointment.
I’m about 15yrs older than that particular demographic. When WE were in our late 20’s we’d never heard of someone being infertile. And we were hardly getting married off in our late teens either. Many of us waited till our mid/late 20’s to become mothers with absolutely no problems. Infertility was for someone ‘damaged’ or some sad 40yr old. In our group (and it happened more than once), if your boyfriend hung his pants on the chair you MIGHT be a mama 9m later. It’s not like that for that age group now.
Even the teen pregnancy rate has crashed. Significantly. Even among the demographic for whom a teen pregnancy is a ‘career move’. They’re not having babies like they were 20 years ago. And you’ll not convince me it’s because they’ve all suddenly decided to go to junior college. I know better than that...Ditto trying to convince me they’ve stopped having sex or have suddenly become responsible about using birth control for some reason.
And all those abortion clinic closings? As much as I’d like to believe it’s because the women suddenly decided en masse they’d rather keep the baby, I suspect based on the aforementioned data it’s because even unwanted pregnancies are becoming increasingly uncommon.
The question is, why? I fail to believe it’s because a generation of kids wasn’t spanked appropriately and somehow the participation trophies have stolen their fertility.
At the very least.
You have grown older. I am old enough that my parents were of your grand parents generation. My father’s high graduation picture looks about the same as mt brother’s and my daughter’s friends. You have an axe to grind and I am not sure why. The studies you cite are meaningless and your personal observations, while interesting to you, are anecdotal.
Your views on child rearing are strande
I have no ax to grind. I merely notice the differences between kids in my generation and those of today. Today’s young males are WAY more effete than those of even 30 years ago. They are also way more infertile.
Sperm counts are halving every generation. That’s not normal. Or healthy.
Lots more out there like this one.
As I said, the effect is most noted in those who have rural grandparents. As compared to the grandkids today.
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