Bolivian President Evo Morales has caused a stir in Latin America by asserting publicly that hormones found in mass-produced foods are having a feminizing effect on men.
“The chicken that we eat is loaded with feminine hormones,” Morales said during a speech Wednesday at the “World People’s Conference,” held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. “For that reason, when men eat those chickens, they are diverted from their nature as men.”
Morales’ words have been met with ridicule and scorn by the Latin American media, homosexual groups, and his political enemies in Bolivia. However, recent studies have indicated that hormones in food and water indeed have a feminizing effect on animals and possibly human beings as well.
In 2005, the London Times reported that an increasing number of men are seeking breast reduction surgery, and quoted a doctor at a clinic specializing in such operations who said that, “Hormones contained in the food we eat, particularly fast food, may be one of the reasons why we are seeing this increase.” Other news outlets have published similar statements by doctors.
The influence of hormones on male sexual development and functioning has also been traced to the high level of estrogen found in tap water, due to the production and use of the contraceptive pill.
Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, President of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC), wrote an article on the topic in 2009 for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, noting that “we have sufficient data to affirm that one of the reasons for the not insignificant rise in male infertility in the west (due to increasingly fewer sperm in men), is the environmental contamination caused by ‘the pill’.”
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