Monday, February 17, 2014

Toxic Chemicals Linked to 'Global, Silent Pandemic' Striking Children Worldwide

Toxic Chemicals Linked to 'Global, Silent Pandemic' Striking Children Worldwide | Common Dreams:



"The presumption that new chemicals and technologies are safe until
proven otherwise is a fundamental problem," the authors write, adding,
"Voluntary controls seem to be of little value."



To confront this "global, silent pandemic," the authors urge an
international strategy that takes a precautionary approach to fully
evaluate new chemicals before they hit the markets. Testing on
industrial chemicals and pesticides already on the market should also
take place, they say.



"The problem is international in scope, and the solution must
therefore also be international," Grandjean stated. "We have the methods
in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children's
brain development—now is the time to make that testing mandatory."

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