firstname.lastname@example.org 13 June 2010
HORMONES SUPPRESSING THE PLAGUE OF HUMANS INFESTING PLANET EARTH?
Friday’s BBC newsbite is about preteen UK girls’ high meat intake association with earlier periods and breasts as well as obesity, and thus more infertility- polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS- and breast cancer .
Is the link directly the increased protein intake? or increased cooked fat intake? or increasing carbohydrate load due eg to cornstarch stuffing of the food chain? or increasing stress? or the environmental feminization of nature by ubiquitous estrogenic pollution?
Or is it due to anabolic steroids used used to increase profits, promote fast livestock growth? Use of the latter has been banned in Europe for over a decade, but is believed to be still prevalent in Europe in at least 10% of meat production due to difficulty in detection.
The FACS paper on South Africa anabolic steroid use in meat dated 2009 – with the only reference paper from USA 2000 – says “Public concern over the safety of South African meat and meat products which might contain hormones has increased, particularly since the use of hormones in meat production is not permitted in Europe (EU). The fact is, for decades in South Africa, almost all abattoir meat has been produced with the aid of hormones, and it is known to be a completely safe practice.”
How can FACS – claiming to represent “ the South African National Consumer Union , the Association of Dietetics , the Directorate of Food Control of the Department of Health and professional representatives of other consumer-friendly organisations” support anabolic steroid use in the meat industry as ‘a completely safe practice’?
A new paper from Europe confirms the increasing problem of illegal anabolic ‘Hormonal growth promoting agents in food producing animals’ in the meat industry there.
The doyen of falling fertility Professor Nils Skakkebaeck (in print on Pubmed since 1968) last reviewed environmental including hormone meat contamination in 2007, and endocrine disruptors in general last month, after Deborah Cadbury’s exhaustive seminal 1997 review of his and others’ infertility work in The Feminization of Nature.
Our own andrologist Prof MS Bornman of Pretoria has done extensive work on infertility and testicular cancer in northern South Africa, the latest on association with industrial estrogen pollution in game – eland- there.
The Cancer Prevention Coalition has recently filed a petition with the USA FDA that ‘A Ban on Hormonal Meat is Three Decades Overdue’.
It is just 25 years since Margaret Attwood’s chilling prophetic novel The Handmaiden’s Tale on male infertility in America. And 15 years since the EU banned growth hormones in the meat industry. The saga is related in detail in Beef Hormone Controversy. which highlights yet again the power of (EU) voters’ voices to force government to act on the public’s concerns; whereas 25 years later Canadian and USA Industry still sway their governments to ignore concerns and evidence.
So is the livestock industry in South Africa, Australia, UK -EU and North America- indeed everywhere- still feeding us and especially our youth anabolic steroids in meat? Human greed knows no limits.
It is in the lifespan of some still alive (from before my father’s birth in 1896) that the use of commercialized sex hormones moved from rejuvenation and sexuality to in the past 50 years human birth control, sex change, bodybuilding , competitive gamesmanship, and speeding up meat production.
Their increasing use is undoubtedly contributing to the feminization of nature, cancer burden, and extinction of many species. But perhaps their widespread use in the food chain will peacefully reduce what some consider a plague, dangerous surfeit of humans on Earth, if not just softening, more dimorphism- feminization – of male aggression and rapacity. An ironic twist to the age-old practice of male castration.