Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta

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Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta

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Tyrone Hayes, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, who has devoted the past 15 years to studying atrazine, a widely used herbicide made by Syngenta. A new article in The New Yorker magazine reveals how the company tried to discredit him after his research showed that atrazine causes sexual abnormalities in frogs and could cause the same problems for humans.

We speak with scientist Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, who discovered a widely used herbicide may have harmful effects on the endocrine system. But when he tried to publish the results, the chemical’s manufacturer launched a campaign to discredit his work. Hayes was first hired in 1997 by a company, which later became agribusiness giant Syngenta, to study their product, atrazine, a pesticide that is applied to more…

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4 thoughts on “Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta

    • Nope! Disgusted and angered, more like. 😦 In some of the books I read about GMOs, there was a LOT of this going on; it says something about humans, or some of us, anyway. I sure don’t think we should be in such a hurry to export ourselves to other planets and all . . . We need to grow up a lot, first. But maybe the aliens are out there, circling, waiting to send our idiots home to do just that. Now, there’s a comforting thought!

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