The Toxic Baby: Penelope Jagessar Chaffer & Tyrone Hayes

Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child? So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.) Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story.

For additional research on how “green” products have been co-opted by greenwashing corporations read the article: Simply Green Washing: Are You Using This Toxic Cleaner?

Also, view our sections on Prenatal Chemical Exposures and Childhood Chemical Exposures


Type to Search

See all results