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|Pesticides, 'gender benders' and 'toxic salmon': are chemicals entering our food chain in harmful quantities? What do we know about the likely effect of manmade chemicals in everyday household products - from air fresheners to children's beakers - on our health? Should manmade chemicals be more of a cause of concern than natural ones?
|(This debate is closed and is a read-only archive.)|
|Safeguarding health and the environment|
'The current lack of information on the hazardous properties of many chemicals in everyday use must be addressed.'
|Building blocks of life|
'We need better ways of dealing with the chemicals we use and chemicals our activities produce.'
|The threats are grave|
'There is a toxic soup cocktail, which can undermine the very biological processes that are fundamental to the viability of all species.'
|A question of fear, not chemistry|
'Many of the concerns about chemicals can best be described as conclusions in search of data.'
|The dangers of coffee and cabbage|
'Chemicals can now be measured, and therefore worried about, at far smaller concentrations than before.'
'In spite of all the scaremongering, scientists are still divided as to whether there has been any major change in semen quality across the world.'
|Creating a safe chemical world|
'Managing risks ultimately depends on a responsible society, right down to the individual.'