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Enemies of Life
Atrazine - the most widely used herbicide in the US and in most major agricultural nations outside of the European Union (banned 2004 because of its persistent groundwater contamination). It is used on cultivated farmland to inhibit the emergence of, and to exterminate, broadleaf weeds. Atrazine is used on over fifty different crops, including corn, which represented nearly 25% of total US crop acreage as of 2000. The United States alone uses an estimated 76 million pounds of atrazine annually! Though it is by far most heavily used in agricultural regions, atrazine is also used to maintain residential lawns and recreational turf.
Its endocrine disruptor effects, possible carcinogenic effect, and epidemiological connection to low sperm levels in men has led several researchers to call for banning it in the US.