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.

Post provided by campaign partner WECF