The Science Behind Toxic Chemicals

Standard Page - 2011-06-28
The society we live in is pervaded by tens of thousands of different man-made chemicals. We already know that some of them are hazardous to our health or to the environment, but a far greater number of them have never even been tested properly, especially under conditions of long-term use and exposure.

The society we live in is pervaded by tens of thousands of different man-made chemicals. We already know that some of them are hazardous to our health or to the environment, but a far greater number of them have never even been tested properly, especially under conditions of long-term use and exposure.

Factories have erupted all around the little fishing village of Yanglingang. Today the village is surrounded by power plants, paper-making factories and chemical plants.

Even so, we find hazardous man-made chemicals in many everyday products, including clothes, food, detergents, paints, furniture, toys, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and electronic goods.

Hazardous chemicals can be released in the production process (as factory discharge), during their useful lifetime (through absorption into the body) or after they are thrown away. These chemicals are already present in water, air, soil and living organisms.

The only reliable way to protect ourselves from hazardous chemicals is to stop using them altogether, and replace them with safe, non-toxic alternatives.

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