Guess what, guys? Men in Missouri have the lowest sperm counts in the nation! Current information is pointing at environmental factors, which might include drinking water and pesticides:
After getting the initial results, scientists subjected the sperm samples from 50 men to a battery of new tests to look for pesticides. They found "significant" links between three common pesticides and low sperm counts in the Missouri men and possible associations with two other pesticides. ...Of course, they're not sure it's just the water. It could also be tobacco use, foods or something completely different. All I know is this: I'm sure as hell glad we use a filter pitcher at home these days and, uh, maybe you should think about getting one too.
One of the three pesticides that showed a significant association with low sperm counts was found in 24 of the samples - an insecticide called diazinon (pdf), which is not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency in drinking water. In 2004, diazinon was banned from residential use, though it is still lawfully used in some agriculture. Another herbicide used for weed control - metolachlor - showed up in 34 of the Missouri semen samples. It also is on the EPA’s list of candidates for designation as a contaminant. (Columbia Tribune)
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