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Children's Environmental Health

The Great Lakes region is home to an abundance of agricultural and industrial commerce resulting in the use and release of excessive amounts of toxic chemicals. For example, the Great Lakes states use millions of pounds of pesticides every year, including toxins known to be endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, and reproductive toxins that contaminate water, often at levels exceeding health risk limits. In addition, there are an estimated 80,000 chemicals in commercial products. Many of the things we buy have chemicals in them that have never been tested for their health effects on children.

Everyone suffers from exposure to these toxins, but research shows that children, infants, and fetuses are disproportionately vulnerable.

  • According to the American Lung Association, asthma in children increased more than 72% between 1973 and 1994.
  • According to the National Cancer Institute, childhood brain and nervous system cancers in children aged 0 to 4 years rose 53%.
  • Learning disabilities jumped an astounding 191% between 1977 and 1994 according to the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility.





































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