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WECF & Project Nesting: Dutch TV Program Zembla on EDCs and their great risk to children

For many years WECF has been raising attention of the harmful effects of EDCs on children’s health – a risk which has led many European countries to press forward with legislation and information targeted at consumers and pregnant women in particular – but not in the Netherlands.

The development of a baby can be irreversibly harmed by EDCs, and there is growing evidence that these chemicals may result in permanent health damage to the hormone system of the baby. Pregnant women are exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis, often transferring the chemicals to the child.

A Dutch TV program ZEMBLA recently travelled to Denmark for its documentary on EDCs (initiated by WECF), where the Danish government has implemented legal measures and public campaigns to inform pregnant women how to avoid EDCs. Endocrine disruptors have been high on the Danish political agenda for years. To protect public health, the Danish government tries to ban these substances from consumer products. Other European countries such as Sweden, France and Belgium are also taking action.

During the documentary Dutch scientists and paediatricians talk about their sincere concern of the effects on EDCs on pre and post natal development. The problem is underestimated by the Dutch government and economic interests are given priority over public health. The Dutch Minster of Health and the RIVM organisation refused to answer questions from the ZEMBLA team.

The Zembla Program can be watched here (in Dutch).

The English translation of the Zembla program can be downloaded here.

After the documentary was aired, an open letter by WECF, Pesticides Action Network Europe (PAN-E) and Foundation Ecobaby was sent to the Minster of Health and the Secretaries of State of Environment and Economic Affairs in the Netherlands asking them why the Dutch government fails to protect vulnerable groups against chemicals of concern such as EDCs. The letter presented 9 urgent policy measures that the Dutch government should take to protect children from endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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EWG’s Skin Deep has gone mobile!

EWG smart phone appWhen you shop, you deserve to have information about the safety of your moisturizers, shampoos and more at your fingertips, so the Environmental Working Group has created a robust, easy-to-use mobile app to do just that.

Get EWG’s Skin Deep mobile app today!

Click here to download it from the iTunes App store.

Click here to download it from the Android App store.

EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is the world’s largest safety guide to personal care products. The app was launched to provide easy-to-navigate safety ratings on the phone while shopping. The app has information and online safety assessments for more than 74,000 personal care products, 2,400 brands and 9,000 ingredients, culled from product labels and from scientific and industry literature.

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NGO platform: Time for EU to act on endocrine disruptors

HEALer Lisette van Vliet from the EDC-Free campaign secretariat HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance) commented on the delay of the EU strategy on EDCs in a briefing by Chemical Watch.

Earlier this year UNEP and the WHO called EDCs a ‘global threat’ that need to be resolved. It is widely recognised that the EU’s EDCs strategy needs updating to take in account the advances in science as well as legislative developments.

Despite a thorough process of consultation on the EU’s strategy between the EU Commission, EU Member States, industry groups, public interest groups and other stakeholders, the publication of the review of the old strategy and its revision, has been delayed several times.

Since 1999 when the EU’s strategy was published, our knowledge about EDCs has grown. Now there is a body of science on the impacts of EDCs on health such as diabetes, obesity and early puberty as well as human biomonitoring evidence of EDC exposure showing that the public is constantly exposed, even before birth.

You can read the full Chemical Watch briefing here http://chemicalwatch.com/17339/ngo-platform-time-for-eu-to-act-on-endocrine-disruptors

The views expressed in contributed articles are those of the expert authors and are not necessarily shared by Chemical Watch.

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HEAL reacts to fracking and EDCs link

New evidence published in December prompted renewed calls from the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) for the EU environmental impact assessment to address shale gas fracking in Europe.

Research published in Endocrinology confirms fears that shale gas fracking can release harmful chemicals into the environment, and thereby menace public health, according to HEAL. Ensuring that the EU environmental impact assessment law includes shale gas activities is a crucial step towards addressing human health threats associated with the release of fracking chemicals.

Read more here http://www.env-health.org/resources/press-releases/article/eu-environmental-assessment-law

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PAN Europe co-hosts joint symposium: ’Yes we can feed Europe using less pesticides’

Pic PAN-Europe Newsflash Dec (282x400)In December campaign partner Pesticides Action Network Europe (PAN-E) co-hosted a joint symposium in the European Parliament to discuss the possibilities to feed Europe with less pesticides.

The objective of the symposium, co-hosted by PAN, the International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA), and the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) together with the Greens, PSE and EPP groups in the European Parliament, was to promote the implementation of crop protection methods in the framework of sustainable agriculture.

This debate was essential to facilitate the implementation of the EU Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides, especially since all EU farmers need to comply with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) from 1 January 2014 onwards. IPM is a system approach to farming based on a combination of agronomic preventions bearing in mind that alternatives exist and that pesticides shall only be used as the last resort.

PAN-E press release available here

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Noticias ‘Europa libre de disruptores endocrinos no.1 Diciembre 2013

CIENTOS DE ORGANIZACIONES EUROPEAS PIDEN AL PRESIDENTE DE LA COMISIÓN EUROPEA, DURAO BARROSO, ACCIONES URGENTES PARA LA REGULACIÓN DE LOS DISRUPTORES ENDOCRINOS

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El mes pasado, diferentes organizaciones europeas integradas en la campaña “Europa libre de disruptores endocrinos” entregaban al presidente de la Comisión Europea un mural con imágenes de ciudadanos que reflejan la toxicidad de los disruptores endocrinos. Dichas organizaciones reclamaban acciones inmediatas para reducir la exposición a los disruptores endocrinos.

Más información aqui.

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Las fotos fueron dispuestas en una imagen que retrata a Durao Barroso haciendo un signo “todo OK” , instando al Presidente a apoyar la acción urgente para reducir nuestra exposición a los disruptores endocrinos.

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Socios de la Campaña pidieron a la Comisión poner fin a las “sustancias químicas que interfieren con el sistema hormonal”, sobre todo en los productos utilizados por los segmentos más vulnerables de la población, como los bebés y las mujeres embarazadas.

En la galería de fotos “EDC-Free Sin disruptores endocrinos” puedes ver todas las imágenes de la acción, así como las cientos de fotografías enviadas por ciudadanos y grupos.

¿Cómo actuar?

¡Ayúdanos a decir a tu gobierno que queremos un futuro libre de disruptores!.

Muestra tu preocupación sobre dónde pueden estar acechando los disruptores endocrinos enviándonos una foto o imagen de tus celebraciones navideñas o de fin de año. Estas fotos serán incluidas en la tarjeta de felicitación navideña que haremos llegar a Durao Barroso. ¡Por una Navidad sin disruptores!

Campagne EDC-Free Lettre d’info no.1 Décembre 2013

Les partenaires de la campagne EDC-Free mobilisés devant le siège de la Commission à Bruxelles pour exiger du Président Barroso une action urgente sur les Perturbateurs endocriniens (PE)

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Le mois dernier, les militants de EDC-Free Europe ont remis au cabinet du président de la Commission européenne, José Manuel Barroso, un collage de photos prises par des citoyens et des associations de toute l’Europe préoccupés par la façon dont les produits chimiques perturbateurs hormonaux, aussi appelés perturbateurs endocriniens, peuvent être néfastes pour la santé. Ils ont protesté contre le retard pris dans les travaux réglementaires et ont demandé une action immédiate pour réduire notre exposition aux perturbateurs endocriniens.

Plus d’informations en cliquant ici.

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Les photos étaient disposées de façon à former une image du Président Barroso en train de faire un signe de la main « tout est OK ! » – afin de l’inviter à répondre positivement aux préoccupations citoyennes et à engager une action urgente de réduction de l’exposition humaine aux PE.

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Les partenaires de la campagne ont demandé à la Commission de mettre un terme à notre exposition aux PE, en particulier dans les produits de consommation courante qui peuvent affecter les individus les plus vulnérables comme les bébés et les femmes enceintes.

Visitez la galerie photo EDC-Free pour visionner toutes les photos de l’action et les photos soumises par les citoyens et associations http://www.flickr.com/photos/edc-free-europe/

Que pouvez-vous faire ?

Vous pouvez nous aider à interpeler les pouvoirs publics et exiger un avenir sans PE.

Participez à notre photo-pétition en chargeant vos photos sur le site ou en “likant” celles des autres inscrits dans la galerie EDC-free. Nous les ferons parvenir aux décideurs politiques.

La période des fêtes est propice aux photos : famille, amis, tous réclamons un Nouvel An sans PE !  Nous compilerons les photos pour envoyer une piqure de rappel à Barroso sous forme de carte de vœux!

Pour envoyer des photos, rendez-vous sur la page www.edc-free-europe.org/comment-agir/

Translation of EDC-Free campaign news by campaign partner Réseau Environnement Santé

EDC-Free campaign news no.1 December 2013

EDC-Free campaign partners mobilised in front of EU building in Brussels to ask EU Commission President Barroso for urgent action on EDCs

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Last month, EDC-Free Europe campaigners handed over to the cabinet of EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso, a colourful collage of photos by citizens and groups around Europe who are concerned about how hormone disrupting chemicals, also called EDCs, may be harming our health.  They asked for immediate action to bring out delayed proposals that would help reduce our exposure to EDCs.

More information can be found here.

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The photos were arranged in a visual image portraying President Barroso making an “all OK” sign – in the hope that he will respond positively in supporting urgent action on EDCs to reduce our exposure.

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pregnant womanCampaign partners asked the Commission to put a stop to “hormone disrupting chemicals”, particularly in products used by the most vulnerable, such as babies and pregnant women.

Visit the EDC-Free photo gallery to view all photos from the action and that have been uploaded by citizens and groups http://www.flickr.com/photos/edc-free-europe/

What can YOU do?

You can help us let your governments know that we want an EDC-Free Future.

Upload a photo of your own, or simply like one of the photos in the EDC-Free gallery. We’ll take it to the decision makers.

Take action and send us your festive photos for an EDC-Free Holiday! They can then be included in a Seasons greeting card we are planning to send to Barroso!

Click here for how to take action!English - French - German - Spanish