Infertility in Pigs Traced to Plastics. A Warning for Humans?

Oink oink! (2258903102)More Unacceptable Levels news: A scientist has connected infertility in pigs to compounds in plastic bags, warns National Geographic:

strange catastrophe struck Spain’s pig farmers in the spring of 2010. On 41 farms across the country—each home to between 800 and 3,000 pigs—many 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 them—it had been collected from different boar studs and refrigerated—they 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.

Investigating those bags has led Cristina Nerín, an analytical chemist at the University of Zaragoza who studies packaging materials, to publish new research that traces the pigs’ infertility to chemical compounds in the plastics.

This is “the first time that the correlation between reproductive failures and compounds migrating from plastic materials [has been] studied and demonstrated,” says Nerín, whose team published last month in the journal Scientific Reports.

The implications could extend far beyond the farm.

Some of the same chemicals found in the pigs’ semen storage bags are routinely used in packaging food for humans and are known to migrate into food. The strange case of the Spanish pigs, Nerín says, “shows the real risks we face.” (Explore an interactive showing toxic chemicals that may be lurking in your home.)…

[continues at National Geographic]


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33 Comments on "Infertility in Pigs Traced to Plastics. A Warning for Humans?"

  1. emperorreagan | Jun 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm |

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  2. Douglas Adams | Jun 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm |

    Humans are the ones that need to be sterilized. All of our resource shortages would vanish if humans would get their mindless breeding under control.

    • Ezra Pound | Jun 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm |

      Douglas Adams: misanthropic, genocidal maniac. “The solution to our problems to cease existing.” Crawl back in your hole, Doug.

      • Douglas Adams | Jun 19, 2014 at 11:06 pm |

        Now that’s just mean!

        Let me present you with three scenarios, and then tell me who the maniac is.

        1. We ignore the increased consumption of resources and allow the civilized world to turn into a giant meat grinder when food stops getting delivered stores.

        2. Some callous elitist group decides to introduce a plague or other method of mass destruction to reduce the population.

        3. Or, as I suggested, you just implement a method for reducing the enthusiasm humans have for breeding.

        I’m not sure how number three equates to genocide, but perhaps the term has become inclusive of a broader range of interpretation these days.

        I don’t mind humans individually, but you are correct; collectively I consider us an uncontrollable parasite that doesn’t have the sense to stop killing the host we inhabit (myself included).

        I’m also told my laugh is maniacal, so you could be on to something.

        If you have a fourth scenario that is viable, I’m all ears.

        • Ezra Pound | Jun 20, 2014 at 11:02 am |

          Yeah, I do have a fourth scenario: abandoning Liberalism and all of the dross of the so-called “enlightenment.” There is no need to dam up the well-spring of life to deal with over population; the solution is to start living a family-centric, rather than an individual-centric existence, and a return to living closer to nature rather than the deracinated, production-obsessed consumer culture imposed on us by Wall Street and Washington. Lastly, all illegal immigrants must be expelled from our land and the borders closed; all welfare for “inner-city” people must be cut off and a tax imposed on unwed mothers and dead-beat fathers. If we stop subsidizing the reproduction of sub-civilized humans, and start subsidizing the reproduction of the status quo population (i.e., white Europeans), then the solution will come of itself. I don’t care what happens outside of America’s borders. Once we cut off the aid to third world countries, their populations will collapse; once we stop interposing ourselves militarily into the affairs of other nations, wide-spread emigration will be curtailed and those nations will be left to fend for themselves, with a corresponding equalization of the population with the innate “carrying capacity” of the land in which they live. To attempt to fiddle with the human instincts of reproduction via methods of birth control or abortion or state-control of breeding, is suicidal for humanity. We cannot overcome nature, as you suggest, and we will destroy ourselves trying it.

          • Davis Grier | Jun 20, 2014 at 11:45 am |

            You could have just said option 2 and saved yourself a lot of typing.

          • Ezra Pound | Jun 20, 2014 at 11:57 am |

            So you think that white Americans looking out for themselves first and foremost is tantamount to “callous mass destruction” of the world’s population? How so? It seems to me you have an anti-white, anti-American bias.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm |

            oh you got me.
            reverse racist.
            all day long.

          • Ezra Pound | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm |

            Keep laughing. When the SHTF you will see that liberalism is the most dangerous ideology ever foisted on humanity. I am no racist AT ALL. I respect the interests all people – including white people, and it is in the interests of white people to isolate ourselves from the “caramels” of the world, just as it is in the interest of “caramels” to stay with other “caramels.” Let us have much mutual interaction and understanding; but let’s also stop trying to take over each others’ territory.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

            BY JESUS, what will happen to vanilla swirl!!?!?

          • The fact is vanilla, caramel, and chocolate taste great together.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm |

            exactly. the swirl is king/queen.

          • > If we stop subsidizing the reproduction of sub-civilized humans, and start subsidizing the reproduction of the status quo population (i.e., white Europeans), then the solution will come of itself.

            > I am no racist AT ALL. I respect the interests all people

            Bullshit. You’re racist.

          • Ezra Pound | Jun 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm |

            Are you saying there is no objective difference between northern Europeans – who built cathedrals and universities and who wrote epic poetry and operas – and spear-throwing, loin-cloth wearing Africans who have not even figured out the wheel yet? In your world, “Racism” means “telling the truth if it is offensive to some group.” Sorry, but there objective differences between peoples, and we have a right to take these differences into account when planning our societies. Taking the truth into account is not “racism.”

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 20, 2014 at 2:13 pm |

            since you’re a racist, you should own it proudly.
            you sound like you already do.

          • Ezra Pound | Jun 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm |

            How many times have you edited this comment now? Your willful blindness is what makes you so dangerous.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 21, 2014 at 1:46 am |

            once, but the meaning has never changed. razor sharp wit is sometimes best on 2nd edit.

            actually what makes me so ‘dangerous’ is my inability to tow racial lines- child of miscegenation and all that;).

          • A hundred or so years ago I would’ve been considered a “child of miscegenation,” but they’ve redefined “white” a few times since then.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 22, 2014 at 11:30 am |

            its interesting how they do that.

          • In “my” world, i.e. reality, what you’re saying is not the truth.

          • Douglas Adams | Jun 21, 2014 at 6:48 pm |

            No difference between them at all. The Incas developed an advanced civilization and understood astronomy to a much greater degree than Europeans.

            Technological advances aren’t a collective achievement of a racial demographic. Such advances are usually the result of a very small number of individuals. The rest of us just piggy back off of their brilliance. Circumstance and environmental factors were the catalyst of European advances in technology; it had nothing to do with their skin color or genes.

            And before you boast about how much more advanced white people are, ask yourself this question: how many ‘sub-civilized humans’ have come within a hair of destroying the habitat of almost every living creature on earth? We may be technologically advanced, but we certainly aren’t enlightened.

          • Davis Grier | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm |

            “Once we cut off the aid to third world countries, their populations will collapse”

            I suppose you could argue that after throwing someone in a pit and then providing them with food for a while that it wasn’t murder if you stopped feeding them.

            These 3rd world countries didn’t become so overpopulated until after the industrial revolution when food became cheap. First world countries waltzed in and ‘modernized’ 3rd world countries and made them dependant on our food exports. Before our ‘modernization’ they ‘lived closer to nature’ as you put it.

            So yes, I think it equates to callous mass destruction to stop feeding the billions of people we forced into our ‘modern’ way of life.

            I have many biases, but the color of a person’s skin and geographical location aren’t among them.

            I also think that ‘white’s looking out for themselves’ is hilarious from someone who just stated we need to move away from an ‘individual-centric existence’.

            Besides, Mr. Adams asked for a VIABLE fourth solution. The one you proposed is completely unrealistic. Propose a solution that has a possibility of being adopted by the world governments (or even the American government). Even if you think your solution makes sense (which I’m sure you do), you have to be realistic in your expectations of how the deciding entities of the human race will accept those solutions.

          • Go back to Europe.

          • Ezra Pound | Jun 20, 2014 at 11:58 am |

            Do you not think white people have a right to exist like any other people? Why are every group of people on the planet except white people allowed to have interests of their own?

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm |

            no. because i am caramel, and i say so!

          • My white privilege allows me to find that joke funny rather than scary.

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm |

            i am glad it brings you something other than pain, guilt and less parking tickets:P

          • I get plenty of parking tickets! In my own territory, too!

          • Jin The Ninja | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm |

            cops these day!

          • Telling you to go back to Europe comes nowhere close to meaning that white people have no right to exist or have our own interests. I’m white, live in an intercultural (as opposed to multicultural or monocultural) part of America, and it serves my interests by providing me with a wider array of survival tools and means of enjoyment.

          • Douglas Adams | Jun 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm |

            I think George Carlin explained our social situation the best, so I’ll just quote him:

            “Now, to balance the scale, I’d like to talk about some things that bring us together, things that point out our similarities instead of our differences. ‘Cause that’s all you ever hear about in this country. It’s our differences. That’s all the media and the politicians are ever talking about—the things that separate us, things that make us different from one another. That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society. They try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money! Fairly simple thing. Happens to work. You know? Anything different—that’s what they’re gonna talk about—race, religion, ethnic and national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank! You know how I define the economic and social classes in this country? The upper class keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxes, does all of the work. The poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class. Keep ’em showing up at those jobs.”

  3. Chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, GMOs…what don’t we ingest nowadays?

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