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Environmental Health

Women's Environmental Health Program

Widespread environmental contamination by pesticides and other chemicals have been detected worldwide in wildlife and in humans. Studies report chemicals that mimic estrogenic activity. The planet is being used as a wholesale testing ground for the release of untested, dangerous chemicals into our environment that are having deadly effects on health and longevity. Millions of dollars are invested in cancer research for early detection and treatment, however, inadequate governmental and political attention is placed on the causes of cancer and other deadly illnesses on an international level. Developing countries now face the same onslaught of environmental degradation the U.S. has been exposed to for decades. There exists a wait and see attitude in regard to the release of pesticides, herbicides and other harmful chemicals with no real plan or vision as to alternative measures to be employed. Corporate control of the release of these substances into the environment, the food chain and onto our dinner table has been the legacy of decades of toxic exposure.

Organochlorides such as DDT and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) which have been used extensively as insecticides and as fluid insulators of electrical components are known to be persistent environmental contaminants and animal carcinogens. These chemicals have been found in human tissue and are suspected causes of breast and other cancers. Studies identify links between various childhood cancers and pesticides. As a result, the Saratoga Foundation for Women Worldwide established the Pediatric Environmental Health Project to explore the connection between childhood illnesses and environmental toxins. Long-term health effects in lab animals and humans include birth defects, gene mutations, nervous system damage and liver and kidney disease. Pesticides have harmful effects on human immune systems (impairs the ability to fight disease), have neurotoxicity effects (which can impair brain and motor skills), and have negative estrogenicity effects which produces certain cancers. And yet, the U.S. Federal Environmental Protection Agency does not require that chemicals be proven safe prior to use, a dangerous practice we seek to change.

The Saratoga Foundation for Women Worldwide compiles studies of environmental health effects on women of pesticides, herbicides and chemicals applied in various countries. The aim of the program is to propose alternative measures which may be substituted and employed to avert environmental contamination and injury to health. The goal of the Women’s Environmental Health Program is to raise the prominence of the environment and women’s health onto the agenda of key policy making institutions and governments to ensure that environmental health is integrated with other policy priorities.

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