When Bolivian President Evo Morales took the stage to inaugurate the World People’s Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in Cochabamba, he gave his thousands of politically correct attendees a surprise. Somewhere between appealing for an international climate-change court and questioning why the U.N. still uses plastic cups, Morales went after genetically modified foods — by making a comment that some think meant that hormones cause homosexuality.
“When we talk about chicken, it’s pumped full of female hormones,” Morales said, “and so when men eat this chicken, they stray from being men” (literally tienen desviaciones en su ser como hombres in Spanish). The comment went over non–Spanish speakers’ heads, so it wasn’t until sundown that it rippled its way through the 35,000-participant gathering. By the next morning, the international press had gotten wind of it, Bolivian newspapers had plastered it on their front pages and Spain’s national LGBT federation had issued a statement calling the comment “homophobic.”
The Morales government swears he meant no harm. “He made no mention of sexuality,” the Foreign Relations Ministry said on Thursday, April 22, in response. “Rather, he said that eating chicken that has hormones changes our own bodies. This point of view has been confirmed by scientists, and even the European Union has prohibited the use of some hormones in food,” the government asserts, citing studies that have shown that sexual hormones in food can cause genital abnormalities in boys. The document has not assuaged all critics — especially since the Latin left, which Morales represents, has historically been considered less than sympathetic to homosexuals — but it has taken some of the heat off Morales. (content.time.com)
Bolivian president causes homophobia storm by blaming ‘deviant’ men on hormone-reared fowl.
Male pattern baldness and the mysteries of human sexuality are no puzzles for the president of Bolivia, who has declared they are caused by eating chicken.
The dubious potential effects of hormone-infused chicken aside, Morales’s warning may be out of date anyway as chicken producers in Europe, the US and many other countries abandoned the use of hormones in poultry several decades ago. (theguardian.com)
Colombian Model Nathalie Paris, claims that eating chicken injected with hormones turns boys gay
Natalie Paris, 39, a popular model and animal rights activist, was filmed by Colombian television channel CaracolTV, outside a store, where she greeted fans, in the country’s capital Bogota.
“These seven, eight, nine and 10 year old children [who eat the chicken] are having their feminine hormones accelerated… and are starting to become homosexual,” she says.
“That’s why those boys who are eating those chickens… they’re starting to turn into homosexuals,” said Paris, going on to claim that people need to be more careful about what they eat.
She goes on to claim that girls aged seven to ten also develop earlier because the hormones in the poultry cause puberty to take place sooner.
Dismissing what Paris said as “urban myths”, FENAVI president Andres Fernando Moncada said: “When you hear this kind of a statement from a public figure like Natalia Paris, we must express our total outrage.”
As The New York Daily News reported, the president of the National Federation for Colombian Poultry Farmers (FENAVI) Andrés Fernando Moncada was quick to call the claims “rubbish.”
“When you hear this kind of a statement from a public figure like Natalia Paris, we must express our total outrage,” Moncada said while speaking to Blu Radio.
He added it is an “urban myth” that Colombia uses hormones in chicken.
Facts About Chicken
Busting the myths
Myth: Chickens are fed hormones
Hormones (or steroids) was banned more than 40 years ago – and this ban is strictly enforced in Australia and around the world. Advertising that claims ‘no added hormones’ is not differentiating its product, it’s stating an industry-wide regulation.
Myth: Meat chickens are raised in cages
Meat chickens are not caged. They are raised in large sheds and are free to move about the floor. Often sheds, for free-range chickens, have an outdoor space as well.
Myth: Meat chickens are fed something unnatural to make them grow faster
Most of the change in how birds grow is thanks to specialist breeders overseas, who have selectively bred birds to grow more quickly and efficiently. Intensive research into chicken’s precise nutritional requirements, better animal husbandry and housing and improvements in healthcare have also contributed to improving bird growth and to reducing the time it takes to get chickens to market size.
Myth: Chicken meat comes from egg chickens when they have stopped laying.
Comparing chickens bred for meat with those for eggs is like comparing dairy cows and beef cows. Chicken meat comes from specially bred meat chickens.
Your Backyard Native Chicken
They’re smaller, typically getting to no more than 2 kilos in weight and the hens lay a small to medium sized brown egg. The eggs produced are of a superior quality to even the “Certified Organic” ones you find in the states. The yolks are darker orange-yellow attesting to a higher beta-carotene content and free range eggs are higher in vitamin A and B. Of course the taste is without compare as well. After tasting a free range native chicken egg the ones you buy in the store will be tasteless compared to the rich flavor of your own eggs.
An annotated chronological index of legislative and
regulatory provisions of various countries
(FAO Legislation Branch, Legal Office)
In view of the concern expressed by the Intergovernmental Group on Meat in December 1980 with regard to the use of hormones, the Director-General of FAO requested the Legal Office of the Organization to prepare a short annotated chronological index of legislation on the subject, and to submit it to the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives at its 25th Session, held in Geneva in March-April 1981. The Animal, Plant and Food Legislation Section of the Legislation Branch, Legal Office, prepared the index, which contains references to legislation enacted or amended in certain countries over the last two decades, the text of which has been received by, or brought to the attention of, FAO Headquarters, Rome.
The Index does not purport to be exhaustive: the selection of countries and of legislative provisions was determined solely by the availability of documentation. In federal countries, state or provincial legislations are cited as examples only. It will be recalled that important legislation on this subject is currently published or abstracted within the general framework of FAO’s Food and Agricultural Legislation (FAL), which appears twice yearly.
Administrative Order No. 194 of 1973 (Office of the Secretary, Department of Health), prohibiting the use of DES. – 18.IX.1973 – Official GazetteVol. 69, No. 42, 1.X.1973, p.9964.
The ban concerns the rearing of farm animals and poultry and extends to the production of DES premixes.