• Reports of Children’s Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

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    The food we eat, water we drink, environment we live in and the air we breathe are contributory factors that exposed children to these endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). A shocking new analysis has shown the extent of contamination of these pesticides have affected our children.

    The campaigning health and environmental group Générations Futures launched the third in its EXPPERT series of reports this week. (EXPPERT is an acronym for the French EXposition aux Pesticides PERTurbateurs endocriniens, which translates as ‘exposure to endocrine disrupting pesticides’).

    As part of the report the group commissioned a small study of young children living and/or attending school in agricultural areas.

    A lock of hair was taken from each of the 30 children participating in the survey, and was analysed by an independent research laboratory. The samples were collected by the child’s parents between October and December 2013 and the analysis was carried out in early 2014. The investigation tested for 53 pesticides that are suspected to be endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).

    Based on this experiment, it revealed that children developed an average of 21 residues of endocrine disrupting pesticides in the hair specimen. Numerous findings have surfaced as follows:

    • 35 endocrine disrupting pesticides, …

    Based on a comment made by Francois Veillerette, spokeperson for Generations Futures and Chair of PAN Europe, he stated that these findings truly indicate that our children are unsafe and are prone to vast amounts of chemical substances that are causing endocrine problems.

    “We have taken note of the progress achieved in the proposed national strategy on EDCs, which takes into account the need to reduce the exposure to EDCs of the population. It is now crucial that the European Commission finally publishes protective and comprehensive EDC criteria, which will enable the EU Regulations on pesticides and biocides to be fully implemented,” he concludes.

    As pointed out by World Health Organization (WHO), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and potential EDCs are mostly man-made, found in various materials such as pesticides, metals, additives or contaminants in food, and personal care products. These chemicals have been suspected to be associated with altered reproductive function in males and females, which may cause probable abnormalities; and higher chances of breast cancer, abnormal growth patterns and neurodevelopmental delays in children, as well as changes in immune function.

    The World Health Organization stressed that children are the most vulnerable populations to be affected by developmental exposures, and the effect of exposures to EDCs may not become evident until later in life. Research also shows that it may increase the susceptibility to non-communicable diseases. Therefore, parents should be aware of the places where their children go to. As a thought to live by, we should take precautionary measures by being alert of the potential dangers that our loved ones may be in.

    One of the best things to do to our children is to expose them to eating organic food. Why? It is because of a lot of good reasons. First of all, organic food is higher in nutrients. They’re free of neurotoxins that damage the brain and nerve cells. It helps reduce pollution which gives us clean air to breathe. It lessens exposure to antibiotics, synthetic hormones and drugs found in meat. Most of all, it simply tastes better. We need to be aware of the food we allow our children to eat. Going natural and organic is still the healthy way to do it.

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