The Biologist Who Challenged Agribusiness | The New Yorker

In 1998, Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at U.C. Berkeley, was hired by the agribusiness company Syngenta to conduct tests on its herbacide atrazine, which is used on more than half of the corn grown in the United States and is one of the most common contaminants in drinking water. Through his research, he found that the chemical had serious adverse effects on the sexual development of frogs, causing mutations and other reproductive abnormalities. After reporting these results to Syngenta, he got the distinct impression that the company was trying to undermine the research and delay his publications. He stopped working with Syngenta, in 2000, and continued to study atrazine independently—he also continued to find that it caused serious harm. But he encountered opposition and obstacles to his research every step of the way, and gradually became convinced that Syngenta was carrying out an orchestrated campaign to unsettle and discredit

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