Where do DDT, hexachlorobenzene, PCBs, and perfluorochemicals (linked to thyroid disease) concentrate in the food supply?
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What about perfluorochemicals, another persistent industrial pollutant? Recently linked to thyroid disease…
Though the highest levels were found in the United States, China comes in #2. Where is exposure coming from? A little in dust and drinking water, but overwhelmingly meat, and fish, though of course our infants get it from us.
What about the dietary intake of PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in children and adults? Fish, fats, meat, cheese, eggs, dairy, eggs, poultry. Same sources for children. What about DDT? Again, overwhelmingly fish—everything eventually flows into the sea, though children get a bit more DDT drinking milk than adults.
And for those aching for a little hexachlorobenzene, it’s conveniently packaged in the same foods.
How many pesticides do you think our children are potentially exposed to? Well, here's a list, in alphabetical order. This is just up to A. …
Why don't we just stop at T.
How do these chemicals get into our food supply? We’ve so polluted our planet, now it just comes down in the rain and can concentrate their way up the foods chain.
8 different pesticides were recently reported contaminating the snow packed tips of the rocky mountains. If they’re contaminated, then every where’s contaminated, so the best we can do is eat as low on the food chain as possible, plant foods, preferably organic.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Kerry Skinner.
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In Cannibalistic Feed Biomagnification I explore how many pollutants can creep up the food chain. A similar array of foods is contaminated with other industrial pollutants. See Food Sources of PCB Chemical Pollutants, Dioxins in the Food Supply, and the NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day on Monday, Food Sources of Flame Retardant Chemicals. Which fish is most contaminated? See Farmed Fish vs. Wild-Caught. In addition to eating as low as possible on the food chain, choosing organic can reduce our families' pesticide exposure. See, for example, Can Pesticides Be Rinsed Off?
For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Protecting Our Babies From Pollutants, Countering Dietary Pollutants & Pesticides, Apple Peels Turn On Anticancer Genes, and Fukushima Radiation and Seafood
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