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York University
Social Science
SOSC 1040
Claudio Colaguori

The Disappearing Male – notes - synthetically produced chemicals are flooding our environment - many of these chemicals affect male reproductive organs and sperm count in humans and other animals - many synthetic chemicals are “persistent chemicals” because they do not biodegrade or break down quickly, such as DDT - many of these chemicals cause sexual abnormalities because they tamper with the normal hormonal development of foetuses and cause “feminization” in humans, reptiles and other animals - By 1950 the chemical industry was turning out thousands of chemicals, many of them derived from petroleum - The foetus of the unborn human child is most at risk from chemical harm - There has been a 200 percent increase in male genital birth defects - The Aamjiwnaang First Nation reserve in Sarnia, Ontario is subject to 130,000 tons of toxic chemicals spewed into the air each year and has experienced the shar
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