The UK should ignore economic pressure to water down a European ban on chemicals linked to disease states Andreas Kortenkamp.
A recent review of scientific literature commissioned by the European Environment Agency highlights the fact that Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) which disrupt the hormone system – may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers, diabetes and obesity, falling fertility, and an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals.
Professor Kortenkamp asks, why:
“Considering the high stakes for human and wildlife health, and the vast costs of dealing with the diseases likely to be attributed to these chemicals, the UK authorities have to be more cautious. Even without the help of the HSE, industry is already lobbying hard for its own interests. Who in government lobbies equally hard for health protection and the environment”?
Its fair to say we know enough to act now on EDC’s by banning some outright and asking questions about “what level of proof should be required before the use of EDCs can be restricted? The EEA advocates a precautionary approach until the effects of these chemicals are better understood. By contrast, the chemical industry wants a high level of proof before imposing any restrictions.”
We’ve got to ask ourselves, is it worth risking our health, the health of our workplaces and our communities in order to continue to use these chemicals, many found in products that are superfluous to everyday life?
Read the original article here: Household Chemicals’ ‘cocktail effect’ raises cancer concerns for watchdog
And the opinion piece here: Harmful household chemicals must be banned – health before commerce
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