In the long run, herpetologist Tyrone Hayes beats big industry

A new article in the New Yorker tells the incredible story of UC Berkeley professor Tyrone Hayes, and his long fight against industry giant Syngenta’s herbicide (and frogicide) atrazine. To put the story in Star Wars terms, Syngenta is the “Evil Empire”, and the Tyrone Hayes lab is the “Rebel Alliance.”  The Empire seems to have unlimited resources at their disposal for lobbying and pushing their agenda. Meanwhile, scientific studies continue to paint a dismal picture for the impacts of atrizine on the environment.

Hayes has devoted the past fifteen years to studying atrazine, a widely used herbicide made by Syngenta. The company’s notes reveal that it struggled to make sense of him, and plotted ways to discredit him. Photograph by Dan Winters.

Hayes has devoted the past fifteen years to studying atrazine, a widely used herbicide made by Syngenta. The company’s notes reveal that it struggled to make sense of him, and plotted ways to discredit him. Photograph by Dan Winters.

 

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