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10 Facts You Show Know

  1. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in January 2003 show that Americans of all ages carry a body burden of at least 116 chemicals, some of them banned for more than two decades because of toxicity.

  2. As recently as sixty years ago, a woman’s lifetime risk for breast cancer was 1 in 22. Today, it is 1 in 7.

  3. 89% of 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or any other publicly accountable institution. In its 67-year history of monitoring cosmetic safety, the FDA has banned or restricted just nine personal care product ingredients

  4. Endometriosis occurs when tissue resembling the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus, which may lead to infertility. The Endometriosis Association studied a colony of rhesus monkeys that had developed endometriosis after exposure to dioxin, a toxic chemical byproduct of pesticide manufacturing, bleached pulp/paper products, and medical and municipal waste incineration. 79% of the monkeys developed endometriosis; the more dioxin exposure, the more severe the endometriosis.

  5. The U.S. is home to only 5% of the global population but uses over 25% of the world’s resources.

  6. Today, one in four Americans lives within four miles of a toxic waste dump; this is roughly 70 million Americans, including 10 million children. Overwhelmingly, waste facilities are built in African American, Latino, and Native American communities.

  7. Children have higher metabolic rates and a higher proportionate intake of food and liquid than adults. Consequently, an adult will absorb 10% of ingested lead, while a toddler will absorb 50% of ingested lead.

  8. In every one of the 44 major metropolitan areas in the United States, African Americans are more likely than European Americans to be exposed to higher concentrations of toxins in the air they breathe.

  9. While research has shown that agricultural productivity increases significantly when women farmers have access to land and technology, women own less than two percent of all land.

  10. Men have experienced a 50% reduction in sperm count during the last fifty years.

from Veronica Svärd


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