The UN (United Nations) and WHO (World Health Organisation) wrote a serious report about the dangers of certain chemicals commonly used in a multitude of consumer items such as cosmetics, pesticides, plastics, flame retardants and canned foods, one of them being Bisphenol A (BPA). These chemicals alter the hormones of people and wildlife. The report speaks of it as a global threat that should be addressed.
Foetuses, babies and young children are the most vulnerable to hormone-altering chemicals. However, over the past decade there is greater awareness that chronic diseases, ones related to the endocrine system, are increasing globally. These diseases include infertility, diabetes, hormone-dependent cancers, obesity and brain development. Many factors can cause these diseases but the report concludes that ,given how fast some are rising, environmental chemicals are likely to be playing a role. There are known to be 800 of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
The secret report called “Impact Assessment” assesses the impact of regulations to this group of chemical pollutants. Whole sectors of industry will be affected by regulation, billions of euros are at stake. The prospect of restrictions or even bans, raises serious concern among manufacturers and the pesticide industry is hostile to the European regulation.
In 2009 the European Parliament agreed there was to be special treatment of pesticides that were known as endocrine disruptors and criteria was to be laid down to identify these substances. Seven years on and nothing has changed!
European parliamentarians are furious and have been writing and keeping up the pressure on the European Parliament. The estimated cost of diseases related to exposure to these endocrine disruptors in Europe is between 157 billion and 208 billion euros per year.
The authors wrote “The vast majority of chemicals in current commercial use have not been tested at all..”. “We seem to be accepting as a society that it’s acceptable to load up our next generation with chemicals in an unregulated manner and hope they’re not bad.”
We are all too aware that they are bad - very bad.