Save the Frogs rally demands EPA ban Atrazine

The herbicide Atrazine, when used in cornfields, increases the yield by about 1%. On the other hand, enough is applied to frogs by runoff and pollution to turn many male frogs into sterile females, thus reducing their reproductive yield to zero. On April 29, a group known simply as Save the Frogs showed up at the EPA demanding that Atrazine be banned.

Speakers emphasized that atrazine, a notorious endocrine disruptor, has caused reproductive problems not only in frogs but in rats and every other species of animal its makers have tortured in their so-called "safety" tests. Amphibians, however, are so sensitive that they are rapidly disappearing, with extinction forecast soon if nothing changes. Atrazine is being called "The DDT of the 21st century." Unlike DDT, it is not used for any public health purpose, so their should be no need to exempt small or indoor uses from any ban-there are no such uses!

There are exactly two factors in driving frogs to extinction: endocrine disruptors, especially atrazine, and the wholesale killing of frogs for such things as frog legs. Diseases introduced by the international pet trade in frogs have also taken their toll.

Save the Frogs is relying on two strategies to combat this threatened extinction: One is pressuring the US to follow the lead of the European Union, which banned atrazine in 2004. The other is a campaign of protests and pressure against restaurants offering frog legs or other frog body parts on their menus.