Encouraging -- yet disturbing -- news courtesy of The Washington Post: "The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time will require pesticide manufacturers to test 67 chemicals contained in their products to determine whether they disrupt the endocrine system, which regulates animals' and humans' growth, metabolism and reproduction, the agency said yesterday."
Two thoughts immediately came to mind.
Second? "For the first time?? What have they been waiting for??"
Well, I suppose the article gives some indication of what they might have been waiting for -- science-fiction turned reality.
After all, "researchers have raised concerns that chemicals released into the environment interfere with animals' hormone systems, citing problems such as male fish in the Potomac River that are bearing eggs."
That's what I call a substantial "oops!".
Oh, there's even more jaw-dropping material.
"Pesticide industry officials said they had anticipated the move, which was set into motion in 1996 by the passage of the Food Quality Protection Act, and they planned to cooperate on the matter."
Well, gee, pesticide industry officials. I certainly hope that after 13 years of contemplation you are willing to cooperate with the matter.
How, exactly, did it take over a decade for this act to take effect?
This is certainly one to watch. Testing is set to begin this summer, and results are expected by 2011.