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Toxic Economy: Common Chemicals Cost US Billions Every Year


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Toxic Economy: Common Chemicals Cost US Billions Every Year

Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News

Exposure to chemicals in pesticides, toys, makeup, food packaging and detergents costs the U.S. more than $340 billion annually due to health care costs and lost wages, according to a new analysis.

The chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors, impact how human hormones function and have been linked to a variety of health problems such as impaired brain development, lower IQs, behavior problems, infertility, birth defects, obesity and diabetes.

The estimated economic toll is more than 2 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).


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Toxic chemical producers should be made liable for the harm they cause.


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And don't get me started on lead in the water supply. s/
Thanks for the post.