Dr. Pete Myers, Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences, explains the distressingly personal cost of chemical inputs in our food supply. Infertility, breast cancer, diabetes and autoimmune diseases affect the lives of loved ones. Could these diseases be caused by exposure to tiny amounts of toxic agricultural chemicals? Crunch the numbers and we see that exposure to these chemicals is costing the US 1.2 billion dollars per year. But these figures are old, and vastly underestimate the true cost of human interaction with chemicals such as ‘obesogens,’ or the embryonic chemical interactions which only plague society years after exposure. With a new understanding of the devastating effect of exposure to extremely low doses, Myers advocates urgent action to help combat future costs. Chemical exposure is no longer an issue solely for farm workers; it is an issue in all of our kitchens.

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