Toxification

It is quite dramatic, not visible to the naked eye and growing in volume by the day. The 30 million tonnes a year global output is to triple by the mid-century
- the earth and all life on it are being soaked with synthetic chemicals in an event unlike anything that has
occurred in the four billion years of our planet’s history. No living creature is without these chemicals in its organs, often at levels well within those causing adverse effects.

This began on a large scale with the 20th century, and – uncontrolledand never really tested for safety – progressed so fast that most people are still unaware of the extent of the problem.

 

“Unknown is the impact of the tens of thousands of man-made chemicals that have created a chemical soup we are all living in whether we are a whale or a human being”, said Thomas Lovejoy.

But we already know enough to be confident that the impact of this toxification ranges from bad to severe to catastrophic as we look at the impacts across the populations. Why is it acceptable for a whale or a human breast to be so contaminated it qualifies as a toxic waste dump?

One of its many dangerous repercussions – the emergence of widespread antibiotic resistance – is likely to cross paths with our exhausted immune systems compromised by chemical contamination, and the fact that with such density in many urban areas we are increasingly vulnerable to pandemics.

ARCADE OF DISCOVERY
EXTERNAL LINKS

Face aux pesticides toxiques, des collectivités passent au vert

Santé : les pesticides sèment le trouble (PDF)

150 mille produits chimiques et nous! Et nous? (émissions radio)

Ren Kyst II - on a mission

Co-Formulants in Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Disrupt Aromatase Activity in Human Cells below Toxic Levels

150 mille produits chimiques et nous! Et nous?

RTS: Mise au Point - short emission on sperm drop in swiss males (video in french, 10 minutes)

The Organic Effect

Produits chimiques : nos enfants en danger

Cédric Chezeaux de la Ferme Arc-en-Ciel à Juriens

C'est Pas Sorcier - Pesticides, attention danger

Little Things Matter: The Impact of Toxins on Preterm Birth

The Invisible Universe Of The Human Microbiome

Video shows how extremely low levels of toxins can impact brain development, dr Bruce Lanphear explains. 7:00 min video

The Hidden Truth Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Tailer of the movie Our Children Will Accuse Us (in French) talks about the effect of agricultural chemicals on children.

Worls Health Organization and UNEP: endocrine disruptors - a global public health threat. PFD summary.

Prof Michael Skinner - how one brief exposure to chemicals leads to heritable changes. Molecules attach to DNA and change how genes work, 7:00 min video

Our Chemical Lives

What do we know about how the plastic food packaging materials, how they interact with the food they touch, and their potential effects on human health, the environment? article in ENSIA

Video of TED talk of Prof Tyrone Hayes, and Penelope Jagessar Chaffer, film maker (The Toxic Baby)

Short TV talk illustrating the disastrous consequences of DES - a drug prescribed to pregnant women, a potent endocrine disruptor. 7:00 min video

National Geographic video - how epigenetic markers that are found on genes affect gene behavior. (On the example of the biology of homosexuality.

27 minute video by Earth Focus - there are tens of thousands of chemicals in our air, water, and in the everyday products we use.

Dr Jane Muncke, Director of the Food Packaging Forum, a global organization studying the impact of plastic food packaging chemicals, explains some of the scientific concerns in this 6 minute video and article.

A sample selection of easy links to press reports of the various effects of chemical toxification on human health.

An Introduction to Endocrine Disruptors for Public Health Organizations and Policy Makers by the world’s leading scientific organization in this field - the Endocrine Society. PDF document

Link to pages describing the various birth defects and diseases caused by pesticides by Beyond Pesticides.

30 seconds of animation showing a gene transcription process after a hormone gives a signal. This happens billions of times in our body.

Article about pesticides on our food — article on the website of pesticide action network North America

BBC - the Fantastical World of Hormones - 57:16 min film

Arte 45:00 min film about pesticided agriculture — glyphosate in animal feed.

Roundup herbicide health issues disease. Article in Huffington Post.

A short video about toxic chemicals in the house