The power of one does count, we ask you to show your support for a Just and Fair outcome for all who have been victims of exposure to dioxin New Zealand.
WHAT IS DIOXIN?
Dioxinnz.com is campaigning for this to take place in New Zealand concerning victims of exposure to dioxin which was in 2,4,5t and 2,4D herbicides manufactured and sold in New Zealand.
WHAT IS DIOXIN?
Dioxin and furans are a class of chemical compounds widely recognised as some of the most toxic chemicals ever made by humans. Often just referred to as dioxin, dioxin and furans have no useful purpose and are produced as the unwanted by-products of industrial processes such as the manufacture of PVC, pesticide production, incineration, pulp and paper bleaching with chlorine, and the smelting and recycling of metals.
Once released into the environment, dioxin can be transported vast distances along air and ocean currents.
Because of this globetrotting ability, dioxin is a global contaminant that can be found in the tissue, blood and breast milk of human beings in most countries of the world. In 1997, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified the most toxic dioxin as human carcinogens.
It is associated with a wide range of other health impacts including:
+ altered sexual development
+ male and female reproductive problems
+ suppression of the immune system
+ organ toxicity
+ effects on a wide range of hormones
One of the most disturbing aspects of dioxin toxicity is the effect it can have on the developing foetus, which is far more susceptible than adults. Humans are exposed to dioxin mainly through the food we eat, especially meat, fish and dairy products.
Dioxin levels are generally higher in people living in industrialised countries, such as the US, Europe and Japan, where they are already at - or near - the level where health effects may occur. However communities with a high fish or sea mammal diet, like the Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, are also at a high risk from dioxin effects.
According to World Health Organisation figures, a piece of dioxin the size of a small grain of rice, if distributed equally and directly to people, is equivalent to the "allowable" yearly dose for one million people....