The endocrine system is the system within the human body (and in animals as well) that regulates, amongst other things, sexuality through the production of hormones. This system is important, therefore, not only to health and well-bring, but to the very survival of life and the species itself. However, as Langston describes in “Gender Transformed”, the rise of industrialization has introduced a high number of endocrine disruptors into the natural environment, resulting in disruption to the sexuality not only of animals and plants, but also human beings. Langston describes how many of these disruptors enter the environment either through direct introduction into waterways, soil, and so on, or else through the introduction of human sewage products into the environment. She explains that the chemicals that humans consume, whether natural or artificial, “don’t end with us; they come out, get flushed down the toilet, and make it through our septic tanks or sewer systems into the waters we share with other creatures” (Langston, 2003, p. 130). She also describes how industrial plastics and chemicals are contributing to the problem. With this in mind, it seems clear that there are two clear options that individuals, communities, and organizations can adopt to help reduce the impact of the growing problem of endocrine disruptors in the environment. In the first place, individuals and communities can work together to reduce the numbers of “synthetic” (Langston, 2003, p. 151) chemicals used unnecessarily: they might, for example, take steps to use only natural cleaning products or buy products with minimal amounts of packaging. At a higher level, however, communities and organizations could search for more efficient means of disposing of human waste so as to make sure less of these chemicals find their way into the environment. This might, for example, involve promoting organic farming methods, supporting companies who use less packaging, or committing to reduce the numbers of industrial chemicals used in business.
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