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Chemical & pesticide exposure

   

WHY WE WORK ON CHEMICALS OF CONCERN


Israel needs a coherent framework for reducing chemical exposure in consumer goods.

 

Every day, Israelis, particularly children and vulnerable populations, are chronically exposed to a cumulative cocktail of harmful chemicals and hormones in their food, cooking utensils, household cleaning products and cosmetics.

 

Israeli consumers, similar to their American and European counterparts, assume that they are protected from the harmful effects of these toxins. But in fact, Israel is far behind accepted standards in the western world on reducing chemical exposure in food products.

 

Adam Teva V’Din has drawn public and official attention to the pressing issue of pesticide exposure in the everyday environment.

 

Scientists and public health experts have strongly connected chronic exposure to pesticides with a range of health impairments, from asthma, cancer and birth defects to ADHD, autism and learning disabilities. Children and infants are most vulnerable to the effects of pesticide exposure. They breathe, eat and drink more for their body weight than adults; crawl on the floor and pop things in their mouths whenever mom and dad aren’t looking.

 

We are tackling the problem at the roots: 


 

Drafting a new bill to reduce pesticide exposure

 

 


 

"Talking about Pesticides" with the Israeli public

 

 


 

Understanding what's worrying the public

 

 


“Coming from California, I have seen for myself how Israel lags behind U.S. and European standards when it comes to environmental health issues.

 

Israelis are under-informed and under-protected, especially when it comes to how chemicals impact on the health of our children.”

    

- Sarit Caspi-Oron
Environmental scientist

Chemicals of Concern is a collaborative partnership with the Environment and Health Fund (EHF); the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Foundation is a co-funder.

  

Read our summary report on pesticides in summer fruits: Picnicking with Pesticides. 

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