Center for Biological Diversity

Save Frogs From the Poison of Atrazine

Chiricahua leopard frog
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The Center for Biological Diversity needs your help to convince Congress to ban atrazine, a commonly used weed-killer and toxic chemical that threatens imperiled frogs, other wildlife and people across the United States.

Atrazine is a powerful endocrine disruptor. It interferes with natural hormone functions, inhibiting the reproduction, development and growth of wildlife and humans. 

Researchers have proven that atrazine chemically castrates and feminizes male frogs at concentrations 120 times lower than the levels allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency. This dangerous chemical has also been linked to reproductive defects in fish and prostate and breast cancer in laboratory rodents.

In people it causes an increased risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer and decreased sperm count.

Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide contaminant of ground, surface and drinking water. It's also extremely persistent in the environment: Atrazine is still being detected in France 15 years after its last application.

This is our chance to free our waters of atrazine for good. Please use the form below to tell your representative to ban atrazine -- save our frogs from a persistent poison.

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Photo of Chiricahua leopard frog courtesy Flickr Commons/USFWS.

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