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EU EDC Criteria May Further Limit African Farmers’ Toolbox by Stella Simiyu

Africa, the second most populous continent, is home to 1.2 billion people, accounting for about 15 percent of the world population. About half of Africans are considered poor.[1] Their dependency on agriculture accounts for about 25 percent of gross domestic product and 60 percent of livelihoods.[2] This means that for …
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EDC Lists Often Hazardous Unto Themselves

“In 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) commissioned the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) to research and identify every “list of EDCs” that had been published to date – including from governments, private groups, and others – and compile them into a single chemical database,” notes the American …
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An Appeal for the Integrity of Science and Public Policy

This October 2016 editorial in the journal Toxicology is signed by nearly 200 scientists working in toxicology or related fields. They assert concern “for the erosion of scientific principles in the purported validation of experimental evidence, which is manifest in arguments disguised as true science. “Such arguments are used to …
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A Comprehensive Review of Regulatory Test Methods for Endocrine Adverse Health Effects

Development of new endocrine disruption-relevant test methods has been the subject of intensive research efforts for the past several decades, prompted in part by mandates in the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act. While scientific understanding and test methods have advanced, questions remain on whether current scientific methods are capable of …
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Overlooking Scientific Roots of Endocrine Disruption by Rainer von Mielecki

1 February 2017 “The policy has been hijacked by industry,” said Axel Singhofen, environment and health adviser for the Green Party European Free Alliance, in Newsweek. “They seem to have forgotten the scientific roots of the problem and are much more concerned with appeasing business interests, whatever the costs to …
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There is no Evidence that Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Affect our Health by Agnes Wold

“The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, together with certain scientists, has successfully hammered home the message to the Swedish people and our politicians that everyday life, even in our safe Swedish nursery schools, is full of poisons,” wrote Agnes Wold, Ph.D., professor in clinical bacteriology at the University of Gothenburg in …
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But, Who’s Really Manipulating the Science on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals? by Gregory Bond

“On November 29, an op-ed article, co-signed by 94 scientists, and entitled “Let’s Stop the Manipulation of Science” was published in Le Monde,” wrote Gregory Bond, Ph.D., consulting epidemiologist and adjunct professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA, in an article on …
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Endocrine Disruptors: How we Lost Track of Scientific Focus by Rainer von Mielecki

27 October 2016 Hormones were discovered about 100 years ago and scientists have been looking at their impact on living species ever since. More recently, such investigation has expanded to chemical substances that impact the endocrine system, such as birth control pills and even crop protection products. However, it has …
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Shift Happens but it’s not Always Good Science by Christopher J. Borgert

Scientific revolutions may be on the horizon, but most of this shift isn’t credible science or a step forward, argues Christopher J. Borgert in Parliament magazine’s blog on Oct. 10. Have you ever wondered why some scientists self-identify as revolutionaries? In his 1962 book, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” physicist …
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Endocrine Disruptors: Science is More Potent Than Politics by Scientists for Scientific European Commission Regulation

A large group of scientists from across various sectors are supporting an appeal to the European Commission regarding its proposed regulation to establish criteria for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), noted Eurativ.com on 14 September 2016 as a preface to an editorial by Christopher J. Borgert, Daniel R. Dietrich, Gio Batta Gori, …