Toxic Dying World

This section is an introductory commentary, solely. Extracts, documents, statistics can all be found on the websites listed below.


We live in a world poisoned by our attitude and habits. Ego, competition, self, mechanization, the worship of violence, decimation of all things that bring life, hatred of sweetness and the divine unseen: these are the causes. We idolize money, arrogance, intellect and power. We romanticize future worlds gone grey with death, cannibalism, ghouls, and killing. We make jokes of torturing animals and see them as soulless. We call people who love this world despicable names. We pollute with billions of tons of chemicals. We rape and pillage for cars, TV's, suburbia and cheap junk from Walmart. We see the earth as dead, simply biological systems separate from us, inferior, unconscious and replaceable with machinery. The outcome and devastating results are death to all life.

To nourish our future, this must end and we will desire to source from love, a compassion for each other, nature, creation, beauty and the vitality of life. Wonder and humility, will replace false superiority. Gentleness will replace violence. Beauty will be a love of divine life. As spiritual beings, it is our evolutionary destiny to nourish life. We are here to find our divine souls through care and to find Eden, then, here. This is sacred and immutable.

“Until we can expand our scope beyond self-centered and purely human concerns to hold in mind the trillion worlds alive on this earth at any one moment, and to glimpse ourselves exactly in that vibrant, seamless web of inter-connectedness, we are living in a kind of madness—which is to say, not living in reality. The great question of our time is whether or not we will prove able to wake into full awareness of the earth, and the geophysical changes now in play, in time to avert full blown catastrophe. When the full scope of the damage we live by is fully taken in, it is undeniably crushing…it devours rivers, mountains, forests, oceans, peoples, creatures and every sign of the loveliness, benevolence and balance of the natural world.

Susan Murphy, “The Koan of the Earth" *

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Environmental Toxin Illness

One third the population in the US has the genetic deficiency that disables them from detoxing. Born unable to slough off poisonous chemicals that are in our air, soil, water, belongings, medicine, food, and everything, the overload and dangerous toxins ravage them. The brain, immune system, hormone structure, capillaries, organs, all physical systems become damaged, sometimes irreversibly. Destitute, unable to tolerate more toxins, they cannot go in most buildings, wear most clothing, eat most food, drink decent water, breath, stand, walk, talk, sleep, relate, exercise, and so on...They have been poisoned. I have this.


Corporate Toxin Murder

In the US, corporations can and do plunder, both nature and us. Spewing toxins, manufacturing highly poisonous products, they violate the constitution and all ethical rights. Legally protected, they have a stranglehold on life, replacing it with genetically modified organisms. Intimate with Congress, and governmental organizations, corporations institute and maintain a violent legal fortress, as protection for their actions.

Disease rates, due to toxic chemical malfeasance, in the US are staggering: 1 in 2 men gets cancer, 1 in 2 babies are born sick, 1 in 3 adults gets Alzheimer's, 1 in 40 boys gets autism, and so on. The new diseases and the old are up thousands of percentages, all due to toxicity. We are poisoned and we are blind.


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Vanishing Nature

Nature is in the sixth extinction. Without a vibrant nature we are nothing. We are nature and nature is us. Simple. No nature, no us, at the most base reasoning. However, on a spiritual level, a denial of our contribution, an insistence of continuation of our lifestyle, is an absence of spirit and life. Life is sentient and we as an inhabitant here, to stand in our power, must be rooted in the earth and in the stars of the divine soul of life.


"A developing baby depends on adults for protection, nutrition, and, ultimately, survival. As a society we have a responsibility to ensure that babies do not enter this world pre-polluted..." ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP

"80,000 unregulated and untested chemicals are used in the US, by the billions of pounds, every year, in everything. This is deadly. These chemicals are toxic poison and should never be in the environment or near any life form." CHARLOTTE ALLING, FACEBOOK OCT. 16, 2017

"Our children are experiencing a “perfect storm” of environmental factors that are destroying their immune systems, affecting their growth and development, and preventing them from living a full life." EPIDEMIC ANSWERS















SPRAWL, SUBURBIA, PLANNING- Decimates any connection to nature, society, health, emotional happiness, engagement, spiritual vitality, healthy material...

INDUSTRIALIZED SOCIETIES: produces toxic by-products and toxic life-style, destroys nature...

ISOLATION/ TECHNOLOGY: causes disease, depression, anxiety, toxic brain damage...

DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE, SPIRIT, FAMILY, COMMUNITY: loss of compassion, wisdom, knowledge, belonging, joy, giving, humility, love...

MONEY, EGO, COMPETITION, SCIENCE, ARROGANCE; an imbalance that causes spiritual death, emotional death, violence, and greed...


POWER OVER: dominance as righteous doctrine, violent ideology...


"Every woman, man and child now bears a slew of synthetic chemicals and heavy metals, referred to as our chemical body burden...There are more than 80,000 chemicals produced and used in the United States. Of these, the EPA has been able to require testing on just 200 chemicals, and only five chemicals have been regulated.

Once in our bodies, toxic chemicals can wreak havoc. Exposure to contaminants has been linked to disruption of the hormone system, an underlying cause of harm to other body systems. Reproductive health problems such as infertility and miscarriage have been linked to exposure to synthetic chemicals. Exposure has also been linked to malfunctions in the nervous system, increased cancer risk, altered brain development and behavior, and numerous other adverse health effects." Alaska Community Action on Toxics


"We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and the stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of that spiritual “autism.” "

Thomas Berry, The Dream of the Earth


Mattresses, baby bottles, metal cans, dental fillings, furniture, foam, cars, electronics, plastics, microwaves, TV"s, personal care products, diapers, household cleaners, pest control, art and hobby supplies, anything shipped, food, drink, alcohol, additives, toys, clothing, air, soil, water, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, parks, lawns, play-grounds, medical devices, IV bags, vinyl flooring, vinyl wallpaper, shower curtains, cosmetics, carpets, fabrics, outdoor bug spraying, non-stick cookware, stain resistance and water resistant coatings, food packaging, food wrappers, receipts, take-out packaging, plastic wrap, reusable water bottles, pacifiers, plastic utensils, reusable plastic containers, dyes, enamels, varnishes, flooring, adhesive, dental sealants, dental fillings, epoxy resins, flame retardants, infant cereals, rice, incomplete combustion, high chairs, car seats, nursing pads, manufacturing of building materials, baby clothing, baby shampoo, glycol- ethers, perfume, fuel additives, power plants, fluorescent light bulbs, electrical fixtures, thermostats, auto switches, geoengineering aerial spraying, HAARP, sun screen, food dyes, cotton seed oil, magnesium sulfate, supplement additives, lubricant, thickener, sewage treatment, oil disbursement, anti-static, air purifiers, permanent press, polyester, construction of dams, tunnels, cigarette smoke, rubber, hair dyes, cell phones, wireless, smart meters, baby monitors, computers, burning garbage, pollution from large farms, industrial bleaching, wood preservatives, machine lubricant oils... 


Robyn O'Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth, "turns to accredited research conducted in Europe that confirms the toxicity of America’s food supply, and investigates the relationship between Big Food and Big Money that has ensured that the United States is one of the only developed countries in the world to allow hidden toxins in our food—toxins that are increasingly being blamed for the alarming recent increases in allergies, A.D.H.D., cancer, and asthma among our children...

Because 70% of our immune system is found in our digestive tracts, the foods that we eat and the chemicals that they contain can have a significant impact on our health.

As these chemicals in foods work through a child’s digestive system, they can corrode his or her “pipes” in much the same way that chemical toxins corrode plumbing! This “chemical corrosion” of the digestive tract can leave a child vulnerable to a host of auto-immune disorders, including allergies, asthma, Celiac’s disease and other conditions.

Ten years ago, in 1996, scientists introduced chemical toxins into seeds, due to growing concern over the spraying of industrial pesticides. Today, soy, corn, cotton and canola contain these toxins within the seeds themselves91% of all soy now contains these toxinsAt least 60% of all corn contains these toxins75% of processed foods contain unlabeled genetically engineered, chemical toxins that have never been proven safe for a childToday, corn is not only grown for food but also grown to meet bio-diesel and ethanol demand. To address this soaring demand, corn has recently been engineered to produce its own insecticidal toxins to achieve greater crop yields. The toxins that are now engineered into corn are designed to cause gut paralysis and death in the insects that consume this corn.

Allergy Kids Foundation


"Thimerosal is 50% ethylmercury, which is far more toxic and persistent in the brain than the highly regulated methylmercury in fish. Hundreds of peer reviewed studies by leading government and university scientists show that thimerosal is a devastating brain poison linked to neurological disorders now epidemic in American children...

Mercury can severely disrupt the normal neurodevelopmental processes in the human brain, causing problems in migration and division of neurons, as well as cell degeneration and ultimately cell death. In particular, mercury has a high binding affinity for the element selenium, which in the human body is found in proteins that protect cells from damaging free radicals of oxygen. The brain relies on selenium-containing proteins for this antioxidant protection more so than other tissues, which helps explain why mercury is neurotoxic at very low levels.

The so-called oxidative stress that results from insufficient antioxidant protection disrupts gene expression. All cells contain the same genetic information in their DNA, so in order to produce the vastly different cell types in our bodies, from blood to bone, these genes must be only selectively “turned on,” or expressed. One of the chief mechanisms for regulating gene expression is known as methylation, which is the binding of a methyl group to a location on a DNA molecule. Methylation inhibits the expression of a nearby gene. This sort of regulation is known as epigenetic regulation, as it involves the modification of DNA without an alteration of the underlying genetic information. Oxidative stress brought on by mercury exposure prevents proper methylation, and thus epigenetic regulation, which can lead to improper development in an organism.[x] [xi] Other recent findings have also shown that the type of cells that allow synchronization of neural networks during attention, called parvalbumin-expressing interneurons, do not develop if their supply of selenium is disrupted or if they experience oxidative stress." 

Robert Kennedy Jr.



1 in 2 men has cancer, 1 in 3 women. (From Beauty Counter) In 1900, 1 in 8,000 people had cancer.

1 in 2 children has a chronic illness. 

In the past 45 years, brain cancer in children has risen 30%, leukemia 78%, ADHD 53%, birth defects 100%. (The Human Experiment)

28% of the population has environmental illness. (Mold Warriors)

1 in 5 children has allergic eczema. (Epidemic Answers)

1 in 6 Americans takes anti-depressants.

I in 8 global deaths due to air pollution. (Beyond Pesticides)

1 in 8 children has asthma, up by 4.3 million in 8 years. (Epidemic Answers)

1 in 10 has impaired motor function.

1 in 30 boys will get autism, 1 in 50 children overall. 30 years ago autism was rare. 20 years ago autism was 1 in 10,000. (Epidemic Answers)

1 in 3 adults will have Alzheimer’s. This is up 500% in the past 20 years.
1 in 5 children has food allergies. (Epidemic Answers)

In the last twenty years there has been a 400% increase in allergies, 300% increase in asthma. a 400% increase in asthma, and a 1,500 to 6000% increase in autism. (Allergy Kids)

1 in 3 children are obese. (Epidemic Answers)

43% of children has ADHD.(Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Celiac Disease: 1 in 80 children. (Epidemic Answers)

Learning Disability: 1 in 6 children (Epidemic Answers)

Severe Mood Dysregulation (e.g., bipolar disorder): 1 in 30 children. (Epidemic Answers)

Pediatric Depression: 1 in 30 children, entering kindergarten has a mental health diagnosis. (Epidemic Answers)

Here are just a few signs that a child might be chronically ill:

Chronic ear infections (more than 2 a year), chronic sinus infections (more than 2 a year), chronic diarrhea or loose stools, chronic constipation (does not have a bowel movement everyday or at least every other day; passes hard “pellet” stools, difficulty or straining with a bowel movement), constant runny nose, reflux, abdominal pains, or other signs of gastrointestinal distress, sensory disorders (i.e., aversions to sights, sounds, smells), recurrent urinary tract infections, obsessive or compulsive type behaviors, persistent skin rashes (eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap, rashes after eating), PANDAS/PANS, behavioral/mood disorders (bipolar/depression/anxiety), thyroid conditions, inflammatory bowel disease, loose stools, red cheeks/ears after eating, self-limiting feeding (e.g., only eating a few white foods), excessive tantruming/defiance, chronic mouth breathing/swollen glands, delays in walking/talking/crawling. Epidemic Answers


In the last 50 years, the use of toxic chemicals is up 2000%. 42 billion pounds of toxic chemicals are used in manufacturing per day in the US. (The Human Experiment)

DDT, PCB'S, BPA and pesticides are known to cause pregnancy problems. (The Human Experiment)


"Scientists have sounded an alarm for our health, a large body of scientific evidence demonstrates that toxic chemicals are causing unexpected health damage and contributing to widespread diseases and disorders. We have been contaminated without consent. Studies have found that all of us are contaminated with household and industrial chemicals and pesticides, including the fetus in the womb."

Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow

"After a number of years of consumer pressure, as of May 2016, Similac, Enfamil, and Gerber Good Start have all released at least one non-GMO infant formula option for parents concerned about GMOs. While this is a great step in the right direction new research shows that the top brands of infant formula pose a new threat to babies.

Similac, Enfamil, Gerber (Nestlé), and Well Beginnings (Walgreens) are exposing babies to tiny and potentially toxic nanoparticles. Research found tiny, engineered nanoparticles in six of the most popular baby formulas sold in the United States. These beyond-microscopic materials, including nano titanium dioxide and nano silicon dioxide, can enter cells, tissues, and organs and may harm our health. These ingredients have no business being in our babies’ food!

Recent science says that these substances are likely toxic for humans and other living things. At the nanoscale (one billionth of a meter!), the properties of familiar substances differ from those in larger particle form and pose particular risk to babies. This new technology is on the market without proper safety assessment or regulations and is not labeled. So why would we expose our tiniest and most vulnerable population to an unregulated and untested ingredient?"

GMO Inside















“In an extinction event of our own making, what happens to us? One possibility…is that we, too, will eventually be undone by our “transformation of the ecological landscape”. The logic behind this way of thinking runs as follows: having freed ourselves from the constraints of evolution, humans nevertheless remain dependent on the earth’s biological and geo-chemical systems. By disrupting these systems- cutting down rain-forests, altering the composition of the atmosphere, acidifying the oceans- we’re putting our own survival in danger. ‘’

Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction

"Increased herbicide and pesticide resistance is creating super-weeds and super-bugs, requiring heavier applications of these chemicals. Greater herbicide and pesticide use on GMO crops pollutes soil and water resources. Pesticides are responsible for the degradation of soil health by decreasing the overall biodiversity of soil. This impedes plant growth and health and hinders the soils ability to sequester carbon. GMO crops are also accelerating the drive toward mono-crop agriculture, which diminishes genetic diversity and threatens food security in the event of widespread crop disease, as seen with oranges and bananas."

GMO Inside


Alaska Community Action on Toxics/ toxic poisoning in rural native populations

Allergy Kids/ impact of unhealthy food on children

Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine

Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow

Alliance for Bio-Integrity/ impact of genetically modified food on health, illegal approval of

Barium Blues/ barium poisoning by geoengineering

Beauty Counter/ description of chemical damage/ "Never List" of toxic chemicals

Beyond Pesticides/ wealth of pesticide induced disease abstracts, including genetic modification

Beyond Toxics/ Oregon focused

Bio-science Resource Project

Bio-toxin Journey/ recovery from bio-toxin illness

Blue Cure

Breast Cancer Action/ research, data on toxins causing cancer

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners

Bye Bye Blue Sky/ geoengineering chemical spraying, vast radiation, weather control, atmosphere destruction

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics/ chemicals, research, updates on/ list of endorsers

Cancer Prevention Society/ reports on research of toxins inducing cancer

Center for Environmental Health

Center for Food Safety

Center for Health, Environment and Justice/ local action assistance

Center for International Environmental Law

Center for Media and Democracy

Chemical Injury Information Network

Children's Center for Environmental Health, Columbia University

Children's Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Children's Environmental Health Network/ science, medical practitioners for toxic free childhood

Clean and Healthy New York

Collaborative on Health and the Environment (Commonweal)/ database on toxins inducing illnesses

Commonweal/ bio-monitoring health resources, above other specific action programs

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund/ community legal defense assistance

Consumers for Safe Phones/ effects of cellphones on health

Deep Green Resistance

Development Delay Resources

Earth Ethics

Earth Law Center

Eco-watch abstracts on endocrine disruptors

Environmental Health Center

Environmental Health Coalition

Environmental Health Fund

Environmental Health Network

Environmental Health News

Environmental Health Perspectives/ abstracts on toxin exposures and illness

Environmental Health Strategy Center

Environmental Health Trust/ comprehensive data on health disaster of cell phones, wireless

Environmental Illness Resources

Environmental Justice for All

Environmental Working Group/ toxin research, advocacy, health information

Environment and Human Rights Advisory Group

Epidemic Answers/ disease rates in children due to toxins causing inflammation/ cures

EShelter/ shelter issues for environmental illness victims

Fluoride Action Network/ information of fluoride dangers and legislation

Fluoride Alert

Geoengineering Watch/ reports on the devastating destruction of geoengineering

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

Global Indoor Health Network/ data, extracts on mold health damage

GMO Answers

GMO Inside

GMO's Revealed

GM Watch/ updates on genetic modification research and action against

Green Med Info/ health solutions and toxin research, diseases caused by toxins

Green Science Policy Institute

Health and Environmental Alliance/ research, reports on anti-toxin efforts in Europe

Healthcare without Harm/ international effort healthcare and healthy environment

Healthy Child Healthy World/ toxin exposure particular to children

Healthy Legacy Coalition

Human Ecology Action League

InPower Movement

Institute for Children's Environmental Health

Institute for Health and the Environment, University at Albany

Institute for Responsible Technology

IPEN A Toxic Free Future/ mercury, heavy metals, fire retardants, nano-technology, pesticides

Is It in Us?/ test of toxins in us, heavy results

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

Made Safe/ certify products not toxic with specific toxins, guides to non-toxic living

MCS Awareness/ toxins cause MCS

MCS Muses

Millions Against Monsanto, Organic Consumers Association/ organic updates

Mind Disrupted/ toxins that destroy the brain

Mom's Across America/ GMO data

Moms Aware/ research on mold toxin exposure/ illness

Mom's Clean Air Force

National Autism Association

National Vaccine Information Center/ deleterious impact of vaccines

Natural News Network

Non GMO Project

Northwest Coalition for Alternative to Pesticides

Our Stolen Future

Pachamama Alliance/ engaging people for a healthier world

Paradigm Change/ mold illness recovery

Pesticide Action Network/ pesticide legislation

Physicians for Social Responsibility/ internal reporting on environmental destruction

Planet Thrive/ environmental toxin illness information

Project TENDR

Public Citizen

Rainforest Action Network/ International environmental degradation information

Safe Markets

Safe Minds/ autism 

Safer States/ reporting on chemical reform bills by state

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Savvy Women's Alliance/ groups of women for non-toxic living

Science and Environmental Health Network

Seventh Generation

Silent Spring Institute

Stop Spraying Us/ geoengineering destruction information

Surviving Mold/ mold illness data

The Auto-Immune Epidemic

The Center for Food Safety

The Chemical Sensitivity Foundation

The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange/ endocrine disruption research, in-utero toxin impact timeline

The Food Babe/ food safety reporting

The Just Green Partnership

The Poison Papers

Toxin Free Greenpeace/ statistics on toxins in US

Tree Hugger

Tree Sisters

U. S. Right to Know/ food related illness, legal action, journalism

Vaccines Revealed

Washington Toxics Coalition

Women for a Healthy Environment

Women's Voices for the Earth

World Mercury Project


"The U.S. government has no adequate chemical regulation policy, which allows companies to manufacture and use chemicals without ever establishing their safety in humans. As the use of chemicals has risen in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, so have rates of breast and other cancers.

Key facts about the environment and breast cancer:

  • Seventy percent of people with breast cancer have none of the known risk factors. The so-called known risk factors, like late menopause, having children late in life, and family history of cancer are present in only 30 percent of breast cancer cases.

  • Non-industrialized countries have lower breast cancer rates than industrialized countries. People who move to industrialized countries from countries with low rates develop the same breast cancer rates of the industrialized country.

  • Estrogen is a hormone closely linked with the development of breast cancer. Numerous synthetic chemicals, called “xenoestrogens,” act like estrogen in our bodies, including common weed killers and pesticides, plastic additives or by-products, ingredients in spray paints and paint removers, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), used extensively in the manufacture of food packaging, medical products, appliances, cars, toys, credit cards, and rain-wear.

  • In April 2010 the President’s Cancer Panel declared: “The Panel was particularly concerned to find that the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated [and] … the American people—even before they are born—are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.” Breast Cancer Action


"The previous review of the literature in EDC (endocrine disruptor chemicals)-1 was a first step in providing such evidence, and the expansion of data reviewed in EDC-2 removes any doubt that EDCs are contributing to increased chronic disease burdens related to obesity, diabetes mellitus, reproduction, thyroid, cancers, and neuroendocrine and neurodevelopmental functions." 2015 study,


All Jacked Up

Bad Seed

Big River

Bitter Seeds


Chemtrails: The Secret War

Consumed the Movie

Dirt! The Movie

Food, Inc.

Food Matters


Genetic Roulette


GMO'S Revealed

Homo Toxicus

Let's Ban the Bead

Little Things Matter

Living Downstream

Merchants of Doubt



Nero's Guests

Our Daily Poison

Our Water, Our Future

Pink Ribbon, Inc.

Poisoned Fields

Project TENDR documentary

Queen of the Sun

Seeds of Death


Story of Bottled Water

Story of Cap and Trade

Story of Change

Story of Electronics

Symphony of the Soil

The Accidental Environmentalist

The Beautiful Truth

The Corporation

The Disappearing Male

The Human Experiment

The Story of Cosmetics

The Story of Microfibers

The Story of Solutions

The Story of Stuff

The World According to Monsanto

This Land is Our Land

Toxic Hot Seat

Toxic Soup

Unacceptable Levels


War on Health, FDA's Cult of Tyranny

We The People 2.0

What in the World Are They Spraying

Why in the World Are They Spraying

"A January 2010 report by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy
Families Campaign, “The Health Case for Reforming the
Toxic Substances Control Act,” points out: “Even if chemical
policy reform leads to reductions in toxic chemical exposures
that translate into just a tenth of one percent reduction
of health care costs, it would save the U.S. health
care system an estimated $5 billion every year.”
Phil Landrigan, MD, MSc, of the Children’s Environmental
Health Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine,
said, “We could cut the health costs of childhood disabilities
and disease by billions of dollars every year by minimizing
contaminants in the environment. Investing in
our children’s health is both cost-effective and the right
thing to do.” Mind Disrupted












"It is estimated 35 million people have environmental illness.  60% are homeless because buildings make them sick. Many people with environmental illness experience rejection, blame, abandonment, ridicule, anger, and even assault. Many EI's lack access to medical care, food, and housing due to their environmental intolerance. Many live in the desert alone, unable to go near anything." Courtesy of Re/Shelter.

"Children carrying the genetic mutation MTHFR would carry far greater risks to environmental toxicity than children without." Epidemic Answers

“The women must lead the way,” Hawaiian indigenous elder Hale Makua told me. Not take over, just lead the change. The change has to come from the women- standing up, leading the way, moving out into the public stage. Indigenous elders and spiritual leaders from all corners of the globe are coming forth, in a chorus of voices, to say that now it is women’s responsibility to save the earth.”

Diane Stone, Spiritual Democracy: Restoring the Heart of America


"Today we live in a world of full of environmental toxicity and potential toxic exposures. Every inch of the planet has been exposed to some human tampering that has affected the air, water, soil, climate, food supply, homes, and businesses. There is no doubt that Americans live in a toxic world, on a scale never seen before in human history. The most vulnerable members of our society, our children, are beginning to show this toxic burden through the development of terminal and chronic illnesses. 

There are two main concerns with children’s exposure to environmental toxins. First, certain toxins can be extremely harmful to cells and tissues of the body. For instance, mercury, ubiquitous in our environment, is a known neurotoxin that can cause neurodevelopmental delays and dysfunction. It is in our air, our water, and even our soil and food. Children with chronic illnesses have been found to have high levels of heavy metals, petroleum-based chemicals and a variety of other damaging toxins in their bodies. 

Second, many toxins act directly on the gastrointestinal system, harming the colonies of good bacteria in the gut. For instance, mercury, fluoride, and chlorine are all known to adversely affect the good bacteria in our gut. The good bacteria are an essential part of our bodies’ detoxification process. Friendly bacteria, for example, help to demethylate mercury (make it less harmful) in our bodies. When environmental toxins assault these good bacteria, they are essentially compromising the immune system of their host, leaving them vulnerable to further toxic and infectious assaults. Toxic exposure can result in significant immune dysregulation (often seen as autoimmunity), combined with cellular and tissue damage. Some of the most common toxins include: arsenic, mercury, aluminum, lead, fluoride, cadmium, plastics, BPA, phthalates, solvents, mold, mycotoxins, endotoxins, bromine, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, PCBs, DDT, PBDEs, Electromagnetic smog.

Since the time of the industrial revolution, progress has polluted our environment to the point that now not only our environment has been severely and tragically affected, but also our most precious legacy: our children. Environmental toxicity has had a direct impact on the physical and neurological development of our children today. It is, therefore, no surprise we have “Indigo Children” and unheard of epidemics such as autism spectrum disorders, asthma, diabetes, allergies and so on which were rarely seen 50 years ago.

It is a well-known fact that children experience a much stronger impact from environmental toxicity than adults.The blood-brain barrier in a child is much porous than adults, and therefore, more vulnerable to having chemical exposures reaching the developing brain.Children also have lower levels of some chemical binding proteins which allow more toxins to affect their organs. Many children exposed to environmental toxicity at an early age and/or in utero may have their neurological, immune, sensory and nervous systems affected which now becomes a more complicated and complex process such as autism spectrum disorders. Researchers now know that exposures to environmental contaminants are cumulative and may have generational effects still to come." Epidemic Answers




"In the United States, we are quickly learning that our food supply contains a lot of ingredients that simply did not exist when we were kids, and that our own American corporations don’t use these ingredients in the products they sell overseas."

"The potential of genetically engineered foods to cause allergic reactions is a big reason for opposition to these crops. It is also one of the concerns that led 64 countries around the world to label these foods for their citizens while 27 countries banned them entirely."

"An important new study shows that the most widely used agricultural herbicide (glycophosphate) on the planet has the potential to cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats at extremely low levels of exposure...explain the increasing prevalence of NAFLD – it is much more common in young people than in past decades, and liver cancer among Americans has increased almost three-fold since the 1980s. " 



"According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, phthalates are found in Americans of all ages, sizes, and races. Phthalates are present in breast milk and can cross the placenta to enter a growing fetus...Other potential effects include reduced female fertility and premature breast development in young girls, liver and kidney damage and asthma. EPA classifies the phthalate DEHP as a probable human carcinogen."

“Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a major class of brominated flame retardants (BFRs), are added to plastics and synthetic fibers in TVs, computers and other plastic-encased electronics, mattresses, upholstered furniture, foam cushions, curtains, and hair dryers, to slow the spread of fire...About 49 million pounds of Deca, or nearly half the world’s production, was added to consumer products in North America in 2001...PBDEs are chemically similar to PCBs, chemicals banned in the 1970s that damage brain function and cause a variety of other toxic effects. Research suggests that PBDE exposure affects thinking and learning abilities, reproductive development, liver tumors, and functioning of thyroid, a hormone essential for brain development and healthy metabolism. Thyroid effects have been shown in wildlife. EPA has also classified Deca as a possible human carcinogen, based on a valid two-year animal study...

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are synthetic chemicals designed to repel grease and water...The most widely used and studied among the many different PFCs are the chemicals known as PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (perflurooctanoic acid). The use of these two chemicals has led to widespread contamination of people and the environment...Humans are exposed through contaminated water and food, including fish, and by breathing contaminated air. When Teflon pans are heated, such as during cooking or when discarded products are burned in incinerators, toxic greenhouses gases are produced. The PFCs build up in the bloodstream and liver, umbilical cord blood, and breast milk...In response to evidence that PFOA causes testicular, pancreatic, mammary and liver tumors in rats, and increases worker risks of cancer, in January 2006 an expert panel of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) upgraded PFOA to a “likely human carcinogen.” They described the chemical as an indestructible toxic chemical group that pollutes nearly every American's blood." 



"Antimony trioxide has been shown to cause cancer, eye and lung irritation, heart, lung and stomach damage, hair loss and fertility problems.

Arsenic is a known carcinogen, linked to skin, bladder, and lung cancers as well as diabetes and heart disease.

 Bisphenol A is a hormone disrupting chemical that has been shown to have a variety of health effects at low doses.

Dioxin is a collection of more than 200 extremely toxic and very persistent chemicals...Dioxins are the products of incomplete combustion and are formed during the production process of PVC, chlorinated solvents and pesticides and in other industrial or combustion processes involving chlorine. Once in the air, dioxin can travel long distances and then be deposited in rain, snow and dust and enter the food chain...At very tiny doses, dioxins have been linked to cancer, hormonal changes, neurodevelopment problems, immune and nervous system disorders, liver damage, reproductive problems and other harmful effects.

Flame retardants are linked to cancer, nervous system damage, decreased fertility, and other health problems. Because children are still developing, they are much more vulnerable to the health risks associated with flame retardants. Their tendency to touch their faces and mouths add to the danger and put them at even greater risk.

Formaldehyde exposure has been linked to some types of cancers.

 Glycol ethers cause a hazard to the reproductive system. Other effects include anemia (blood deficiency) and irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Short-term exposure to high levels of the glycol ethers in humans results in narcosis, pulmonary edema (excess fluid in the lungs), and severe liver and kidney damage. Long-term exposure to the glycol ethers in humans may result in neurological and blood effects, including fatigue, nausea, tremor, and anemia.

There are more than 40 different organophosphate pesticides registered for use in the U.S., and an estimated 77 million pounds of OPs are used annually, including 60 million pounds that are applied to crops. They are also widely used as home pesticides, given orally to livestock, used in flea collars and are applied to lawns and golf courses...OPs are neurotoxic to humans and animals, causing effects in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Some OPs can cause reproductive effects and damage DNA.

Lead and mercury exact their most devastating toll on the developing brain. Children with above-average mercury exposures have learning difficulties. Other health effects include blindness and deafness, brain damage, digestive problems, kidney damage, and lack of coordination.

Some pesticides are neurotoxic to humans and animals and they can also cause reproductive effects and damage to DNA.

Perc is a colorless, nonflammable liquid that is used as a solvent in the dry cleaning industry as it removes stains from many types of fabric. Perc is also used to clean metal machinery...Perc is a probable human carcinogen that has been linked to leukemia and esophageal, bladder, colorectal and breast cancers. Perc exposure can also harm the digestive and nervous systems, blood, liver and urinary tract. Exposure to high levels of perc can cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, sleepiness, difficulty talking and walking, nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness, kidney damage, and possibly death.

Di-2-Ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) exposure is of greatest concern for the fetus, infant, and women of reproductive age and those with regular exposure to medical devices, such as dialysis patients and hemophiliacs. At higher levels of exposure, DEHP also can cause damage to the liver, kidney, ovaries, fetus, including causing spontaneous abortion, and can be toxic to the heart. DEHP causes tumors and cancer in laboratory animals though its cancer potential in humans is still debated. DEHP also can be toxic to the lungs in laboratory experiments at high doses, and limited human evidence suggests links between DEHP exposure through inhalation and bronchial obstruction.

 PVC has been linked to severe health problems including cancer, immune system damage, and hormone disruption.

rBGH causes elevated levels of a powerful insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in milk, which may increase the risk of breast, prostate, colon, lung, and other cancers. rBGH

Triclosan is a known endocrine disruptor and disrupts proper thyroid function. There is also evidence that Triclosan causes antimicrobial drug-resistant bacteria such as some strands of E. coli and salmonella. Triclosan is also bioaccumulative and has been found in human breast milk and umbilical cord blood of infants.

Exposure to high levels of 2,4-D can damage the nervous system in humans, and in some instances, can cause death. Long-term exposure to high levels of 2,4-D can cause damage to the nervous system, kidneys, liver, and blood in humans. Human exposure to lower levels of 2,4-D can cause severe eye and skin irritation and gastrointestinal problems, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Some studies have linked 2,4-D with an increased risk of birth defects and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, in humans."



"The authors (of an abstract) conclude that GMO companies have been commercializing Bt insecticide-containing GM crops with increased and broadened toxicity.."



"The U.S. government has no adequate chemical regulation policy, which allows companies to manufacture and use chemicals without ever establishing their safety in humans. As the use of chemicals has risen in the U.S. and other industrialized countries, so have rates of breast and other cancers."



"Cancer: Government regulations and occupational studies have linked ethyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate to cancer."

Benzophenone linked to: "Cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity,  organ system toxicity, irritation, ecotoxicity..."

BHA and BHT linked to: "Endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, cancer, irritation."

Ethanolamines linked to: "Cancer, environmental concerns (bioaccumulation), organ system toxicity..." 

Heavy metals: "Cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, neuro-toxicity, organ system toxicity, environmental concerns (bioaccumulation).."

"Numerous studies and databases link nitrosamines to cancer."

Parabens: "Endocrine disruption, cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity..."

Pertoleum in skin products: cancer concern.

"Polyacrylamide can break down into acrylamide, which is a carcinogen, reproductive and developmental toxicity..."

"Teflon® in your makeup? Yuck. This non-stick ingredient and other fluorinated compounds have been associated with delayed menstruation, later breast development and cancer.

P-phenylenediamine: "Skin sensitization, cancer, mutagenicity, organ system toxicity..."

Preservatives:  "Cancer, endocrine disruption, developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, irritation, and many other health concerns." 

"Toluene is a toxic chemical used in in nail products and hair dyes. Exposure to toluene can result in temporary effects such as headaches, dizziness and cracked skin, as well as more serious effects such as reproductive damage and respiratory complications, development damage to babies." 

Triclosan: "Endocrine disruption, triclosan-resistant bacteria, environmental toxicity (bioaccumulation)."  



"Wireless Radiation And The Developing Nervous System

Dozens of peer reviewed research studies indicate that wireless and electromagnetic fields alter brain function and affect the nervous system. Research links these exposures to altered sleep, damaged mitochondria, increased oxidative stress, cellular damage, genotoxicity, and blood brain barrier permeability. When our bodies have increased stress at the chemical, immune and electrical levels, our brain health is compromised.  Children are more vulnerable as their brains are still developing so the neurological effects will be greater.

Studies in Europe show that people who used cell phone heavily for over ten years have a doubled risk of brain cancer, and those who begin using cell phones as teenagers have a four to five times higher chance of being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Wireless radiation could harm the reproductive system as well. Many experiments have been conducted on wireless radiation and sperm. Scientists at the Cleveland Clinic and major research centers around the world have repeatedly found that sperm from healthy men that are exposed to cell phone radiation die three times more quickly and develop three times more damage to mitochondrial DNA than sperm from the same men that are not exposed."

"Wireless Radiation Impairs The Body’s Ability To Protect Itself From Toxic Chemicals By Damaging The Blood-Brain Barrier.

The brain’s protective barrier—called the blood-brain barrier—is composed of tightly knit endothelial cells, which line the walls of the blood vessels in the brain, creating a barrier that blocks the entry of chemicals and toxins. However, replicated research shows that wireless radiation increases the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, allowing more movement of toxic chemicals into vulnerable organs. In other words, the toxic chemicals circulating in our blood from everyday exposures have an easier time reaching our brain. Imagine our brain has a strong fence around it. Wireless pokes holes in the fence."

"Chemicals + Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic Fields = Higher Cumulative Toxic Load

It is a known fact that lead, air pollution, and other toxic chemicals can damage our health and, more specifically, these toxins can damage brain development. In addition, wireless and EMF radiation can synergistically increase the effect of these daily toxic exposures because of the ways in which wireless radiation alters the body’s natural functioning.

Wireless radiation has been shown to damage sleep and the blood-brain barrier, which in turn can lead to higher toxic load on the body.

Sleep is critical to health. Recent scientific discoveries have added to our understanding of how deep sleep not only consolidates memories but is actually a time when the brain cleans out toxins. A 2013 NIH-funded studysuggests sleep “clears brain of damaging molecules associated with neurodegeneration.” Therefore, sleep damage could decrease the brain’s ability to detox at night.

Research also shows that radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) exposure decreases deep sleep,decreases REM sleep, affects brain activity during sleep, alters circadian rhythms, and results in sleep related cognitive changes. Reducing wireless exposures will lead to a healthier deep sleep and allow more time for your brain to detox."



"Summary. In the month leading up to a baby's birth, the umbilical cord pulses with the equivalent of at least 300 quarts of blood each day, pumped back and forth from the nutrient- and oxygen-rich placenta to the rapidly growing child cradled in a sac of amniotic fluid. This cord is a lifeline between mother and baby, bearing nutrients that sustain life and propel growth.

Not long ago scientists thought that the placenta shielded cord blood — and the developing baby — from most chemicals and pollutants in the environment. But now we know that at this critical time when organs, vessels, membranes and systems are knit together from single cells to finished form in a span of weeks, the umbilical cord carries not only the building blocks of life, but also a steady stream of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides that cross the placenta as readily as residues from cigarettes and alcohol. This is the human "body burden" — the pollution in people that permeates everyone in the world, including babies in the womb.

In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.

This study represents the first reported cord blood tests for 261 of the targeted chemicals and the first reported detections in cord blood for 209 compounds. Among them are eight perfluorochemicals used as stain and oil repellants in fast food packaging, clothes and textiles — including the Teflon chemical PFOA, recently characterized as a likely human carcinogen by the EPA's Science Advisory Board — dozens of widely used brominated flame retardants and their toxic by-products; and numerous pesticides.

Of the 287 chemicals we detected in umbilical cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. The dangers of pre- or post-natal exposure to this complex mixture of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins have never been studied.

Mercury (Hg) - tested for 1, found 1
Pollutant from coal-fired power plants, mercury-containing products, and certain industrial processes. Accumulates in seafood. Harms brain development and function.

Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) - tested for 18, found 9
Pollutants from burning gasoline and garbage. Linked to cancer. Accumulates in food chain.

Polybrominated dibenzodioxins and furans (PBDD/F) - tested for 12, found 7
Contaminants in brominated flame retardants. Pollutants and byproducts from plastic production and incineration. Accumulate in food chain. Toxic to developing endocrine (hormone) system

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) - tested for 12, found 9
Active ingredients or breakdown products of Teflon, Scotchgard, fabric and carpet protectors, food wrap coatings. Global contaminants. Accumulate in the environment and the food chain. Linked to cancer, birth defects, and more.

Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans (PCDD/F) - tested for 17, found 11
Pollutants, by-products of PVC production, industrial bleaching, and incineration. Cause cancer in humans. Persist for decades in the environment. Very toxic to developing endocrine (hormone) system.

Organochlorine pesticides (OCs) - tested for 28, found 21
DDT, chlordane and other pesticides. Largely banned in the U.S. Persist for decades in the environment. Accumulate up the food chain, to man. Cause cancer and numerous reproductive effects.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) - tested for 46, found 32
Flame retardant in furniture foam, computers, and televisions. Accumulates in the food chain and human tissues. Adversely affects brain development and the thyroid.

Polychlorinated Naphthalenes (PCNs) - tested for 70, found 50
Wood preservatives, varnishes, machine lubricating oils, waste incineration. Common PCB contaminant. Contaminate the food chain. Cause liver and kidney damage.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) - tested for 209, found 147
Industrial insulators and lubricants. Banned in the U.S. in 1976. Persist for decades in the environment. Accumulate up the food chain, to man. Cause cancer and nervous system problems.

Chemical exposures in the womb or during infancy can be dramatically more harmful than exposures later in life. Substantial scientific evidence demonstrates that children face amplified risks from their body burden of pollution; the findings are particularly strong for many of the chemicals found in this study, including mercury, PCBs and dioxins. Children's vulnerability derives from both rapid development and incomplete defense systems:

A developing child's chemical exposures are greater pound-for-pound than those of adults.

An immature, porous blood-brain barrier allows greater chemical exposures to the developing brain.

Children have lower levels of some chemical-binding proteins, allowing more of a chemical to reach "target organs."

A baby's organs and systems are rapidly developing, and thus are often more vulnerable to damage from chemical exposure.

Systems that detoxify and excrete industrial chemicals are not fully developed.

The longer future life span of a child compared to an adult allows more time for adverse effects to arise.

The 10 children in this study were chosen randomly, from among 2004's summer season of live births from mothers in Red Cross' volunteer, national cord blood collection program. They were not chosen because their parents work in the chemical industry or because they were known to bear problems from chemical exposures in the womb. Nevertheless, each baby was born polluted with a broad array of contaminants.

U.S. industries manufacture and import approximately 75,000 chemicals, 3,000 of them at over a million pounds per year. Health officials do not know how many of these chemicals pollute fetal blood and what the health consequences of in utero exposures may be.

Had we tested for a broader array of chemicals, we would almost certainly have detected far more than 287. But testing umbilical cord blood for industrial chemicals is technically challenging. Chemical manufacturers are not required to divulge to the public or government health officials methods to detect their chemicals in humans. Few labs are equipped with the machines and expertise to run the tests or the funding to develop the methods. Laboratories have yet to develop methods to test human tissues for the vast majority of chemicals on the market, and the few tests that labs are able to conduct are expensive. Laboratory costs for the cord blood analyses reported here were $10,000 per sample."



Fluoride is a highly toxic substance. Consider, for example, the poison warning that the FDA now requires on all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. or the tens of millions of people throughout China and India who now suffer serious crippling bone diseases from drinking water with elevated levels of fluoride.

In terms of acute toxicity (i.e., the dose that can cause immediate toxic consequences), fluoride is more toxic than lead, but slightly less toxic than arsenic. This is why fluoride has long been used in rodenticides and pesticides to kill pests like rats and insects. It is also why accidents involving over-ingestion of fluoridated dental products–including fluoride gelsfluoride supplements, and fluoridated water–can cause serious poisoning incidents, including death.

The debate today, however, is not about fluoride’s acute toxicity, but its chronic toxicity (i.e., the dose of fluoride that if regularly consumed over an extended period of time can cause adverse effects)."

Implications: skeletal fluorosis, arthritis, bone fractures, brain and thyroid damage.



"What Role Do Chemicals Play?

Science suggests that exposure to toxic chemicals may contribute substantially to the incidence of learning and developmental disabilities in this society,” said Larry Silver, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center; former Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); past president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America; and Mind, Disrupted project participant, who has Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). “This concerns me deeply.”

The effects of chemicals on the nervous system have been recognized since ancient times. Most early reports were the results of high exposures in workers that led to debilitating conditions or even death. For example, over 2000 years ago, the Greek physician Dioscorides wrote that lead exposure “makes the mind give way.”

As science progressed, it was recognized that even small doses of some chemicals result in subtle nervous system impacts that affect an individual’s performance. Chemicals with the capacity to sabotage the development of our brains and nervous systems are termed “developmental neurotoxicants,” while chemicals that interfere with the functioning of our brains are termed “neurotoxic chemicals.

Many factors influence how vulnerable a person is to the health effects of chemical exposures, among them socioeconomic status, gender, gene expression, nutrition, stress, exposure to infectious agents, and timing of exposure. Still, a growing body of peer-reviewed scientific research shows that, for those who are most vulnerable, exposure to even minute doses of neurotoxic chemicals can tip the balance toward learning and developmental disabilities.

According to an article published in the Lancet in 2006, “A few industrial chemicals (e.g., lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], arsenic, and toluene) are recognised causes of neurodevelopmental disorders and subclinical brain dysfunction” and “another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults.”12 Another review article, linking violent behaviors to chemical exposures, stated that, “A number of environmental exposures are documented to result in a common pattern of neurobehavioral effects, including lowered IQ, shortened attention span, and increased frequency of antisocial behavior.”13 In a study conducted by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, children with higher concentrations of PBDEs (flame retardants) in their umbilical cord blood at birth scored lower on tests of mental and physical development at 1 to 4 and 6 years of age.14 In addition, exposure to mercury from a variety of sources, such as prenatal maternal consumption of seafood high in methylmercury, has been shown to reduce IQ in children.12,15

One intriguing research study that was published in 2009 in the journal NeuroToxicology noted an association between polyvinyl chloride (PVC) flooring and incidence of autism. While this has not been substantiated, it raises the question about how a range of chemicals — ones we may not even have considered to date — may impact neurological health and how little we truly know about chemical exposure and safety when it comes to human health.16 Another study evaluating “the hypothesis that maternal residence near agricultural pesticide applications during key periods of gestation could be associated with the development of autism spectrum disorders in children,” found that “ASD risk increased with the poundage of organochlorine [pesticides] applied and decreased with distance from field sites.”17 A study of household pesticide use found that “compared with mothers of typically developing children, mothers of children with autism spectrum disorders were twice as likely to report that they had shampooed their pets with pyrethrin-containing antiflea/antitick shampoos around the time of their pregnancy.”18 Yet for the majority of chemicals in use there is a lack of data on potential neurodevelopment effects from exposure.

For those who already have learning or developmental disabilities, minimizing exposure to neurotoxic chemicals may mitigate the severity of their condition and improve their quality of life.19 And yet, chemicals known and suspected to be neurotoxic are present in our air, water, food consumer products, homes, and workplaces — and, as this project demonstrates, in our bodies.

“I have cerebral palsy,” responds Ann WingQuest. “I’m very sensitive to the fact that people with developmental disabilities have compromised systems, and introducing any kinds of toxins to their systems complicates everything. The current policy approach to dealing with our environment makes it clear that [when it comes to managing chemicals] we have no idea what we’re doing. And that really concerns me.”

Our nation’s primary law concerning toxic chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), became law in 1976. Since its passage, evidence has been accumulating that chemicals such as lead, mercury, bisphenol A (BPA) and PBDEs may harm the developing brain at levels much lower than those previously considered safe. TSCA has not been updated to reflect our better understanding of toxic chemicals.

Meanwhile, many chemicals in common use remain untested. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analysis revealed that, of the roughly 3,000 chemicals produced or imported in the U.S. in quantities over 1 million pounds a year, only 43% have been tested for basic toxicity, and a scant 7% have been subjected to the six tests considered “necessary for a minimum understanding of a chemical’s toxicity” (among which is a test for basic developmental and reproductive toxicity).20

“These chemicals are not supposed to end up in our bodies,” says project participant Cathy Ficker Terrill, President and CEO of the Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities. Cathy’s daughter, Beth Terrill, a self-advocate, has a developmental disability and chemical sensitivities, and is also a participant in Mind, Disrupted."



When just six corporations dominate the world’s seed, pesticide and biotech industries, they control the fate of food and farming. Between them, the "Big 6" — Monsanto, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont — have historically unprecedented power over world agriculture, enabling them to control the agricultural research agenda, heavily influence trade and agricultural agreements and subvert market competition.  

Along the way, the Big 6 intimidate, impoverish and disempower farmers, and undermine food security, all while making historic profits — even as their genetically engineered seeds fail to deliver as promised. Contrary to what Big 6 marketing campaigns say, these corporations are in the game of expanding their marketshare. Period.

According to industry data, most of the genetically engineered (GE) crops planted worldwide are designed for use with chemical herbicides, contain insecticides — or both.

Around the world, GE crops consistently have failed to live up to the promise — as touted by industry — of higher yields and reduced reliance on pesticides. Instead, these patented GE seed and pesticide packages have dramatically driven up the use of harmful chemical inputs — placing the burden of increased costs and health risks on farmers and local communities.

The “dirty little secret” of the pesticide/biotech industry? GE seeds increase pesticide use by design, intentionally boosting market share for corporations like Monsanto, Dow and Dupont.

Chemical companies commonly sit on panels and committees that "advise" regulators as well. A representative from Dow Chemical, for instance, served on the Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee for EPA. And, much too often, there is a “revolving door” of former agrichemical industry executives, lawyers and scientists serving in government agencies tasked with industry oversight.

Even though corporate studies — and corporate representatives — are often driving regulatory decisions, this research is rarely available for public or peer review. Instead, it is kept out of sight under the auspices of “Confidential Business Information” or patent protection.

When scientists do unearth harmful impacts of pesticide products, the Big 6 will go to great lengths to suppress their findings. Just ask Dr. Tyrone Hayes of UC Berkeley, for instance. When his research on atrazinehighlighted the endocrine-disrupting properties of Syngenta’s flagship herbicide, the corporation launched a campaign to discredit him, including commissioning a psychological report, planting company reps at speaking engagements, and even targeting his wife for investigation.

In reviewing the health and environmental impacts of pesticide products, EPA relies almost entirely on industry-funded studies.

Superweeds now plague more than 60 million acres of U.S. farmland, thanks to widespread planting of Monsanto’s “RoundUp Ready” crops.

When Round-Up Ready seeds were originally released, Monsanto assured farmers and the public alike that weed resistance to glycophosphate — Round-Up's active ingredient — would be a non-issue. They were wrong.

And now, Dow and Monsanto are making the same case in support of the “new generation” of 2,4-D/dicamba-resistant GE seeds, but the facts are in. We cannot outwit evolution.

effects in humans as well. Herbicides are more widely used (Round-Up and atrazine are the two most used pesticides in the world) and present chronic risks. This means ongoing, low-level exposures can increase the risk of diseases or disorders such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease or infertility and other reproductive harms. Fungicides are also used in large amounts; some are more benign, some are not.

Insecticides (bug killers), herbicides (weed killers), and fungicides (fungus killers) are all pesticides; so are rodenticides and antimicrobials. Pesticides come in spray cans and crop dusters, in household cleaners, hand soaps and swimming pools.

Insecticides are generally the most acutely (immediately) toxic. Many are designed to attack an insect's brain and nervous system, which can mean they have neurotoxic

Pesticides are also sometimes broken down into chemical classes and modes of action. For example, fumigantsare pesticides applied as gases to "sterilize" soil, and systemics work their way through a plant's tissue after being taken up at the root. Major chemical classes include: carbamates, organochlorines, organophosphates (mostly developed 70 or more years ago for chemical warfare) and triazines. Newer classes include pyrethroids and neonicotinoids, synthesized to mimic nature's pest protection. For more details on specific pesticides, visit our online database at

The “dirty little secret” of the pesticide/biotech industry? GE seeds increase pesticide use by design, intentionally boosting market share for corporations."