Living Green at Temple Beth Sholom -Why the Precautionary Principle matters
Why are we working so hard at Temple Beth Sholom to minimize (or to use all reasonable means) to avoid children’s exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as pesticides.The reason is common sense as pesticides which disrupt an insects endocrine systems, are NON SELECTIVE, which means according to research we now know that these chemicals can also adversely affect human children endocrine system.
WHY THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE AS ADOPTED BY TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM MATTERS
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO AVOID USE OF ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICAL PESTICIDES AT HOME AND SCHOOL
We now have ground-breaking scientific review which calls for improved methods for determining safety standards for endocrine disrupting chemicals and the affect on human children .
This is rapidly creating a paradigm shift in how chemical pesticides and other chemicals are assessed for safety and it is underway.
The concern is led by the below listed recent scientific findings that there is a need to address chemicals that affect the endocrine system at very low exposure levels. For decades, studies of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) have challenged traditional concepts in toxicology, in particular the dogma of “the dose makes the poison,” because EDCs can have effects at low doses that are not predicted by effects at higher doses. Now two major concepts in EDC studies: low dose and nonmono- tonicity are under review.
Low-dose effects were defined by the National Toxicology Program as those that occur in the range of human exposures or effects observed at doses below those used for traditional toxicological studies. Now it can be illustrated that certain human disorders are no longer conjecture, because epidemiological studies show that environmental exposures to EDCs are associated with human diseases and disabilities. It can be concluded therefore that when nonmonotonic dose-response curves occur, the effects of low doses cannot be predicted by the effects observed at high doses.
Thus, fundamental changes in chemical testing and safety determination are needed to protect human health which means the Precautionary Principle matters. (Endocrine Reviews 33: 0000–0000, 2012)Please download the article free from Endocrine Reviews:http://edrv.endojournals.org/content/early/2012/03/14/er.2011-1050.full.pdf+html
Also read an editorial by Linda Birnbaum, Director of the NIEHS was published in Environmental Health Perspectives shortly following the release of the scientific publication : http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.1205179
Other important articles include:
An opinion piece by lead author Laura Vandenberg:http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/opinion-endocrine-disruptors-low-level-effects
A synopsis by Marla Cone, Environmental Health News:http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/low-doses-big-effects
A report by Elizabeth Grossman, YALE Environment 360:http://e360.yale.edu/feature/scientists_warn_of_low_dose_risk_of_endocrine_blocking_chemical_exposure/250
When such groundbreaking research is published, the Precautionary Principle matters a great deal ,such as adopted by Temple Beth Sholom, and the Precautionary Principle becomes that much more important for the health of our children and grandchildren