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.
EFFECTS OF 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.
Environmental & Health
Recent research on environmental and health effects from dioxin show some effects may already be occurring in the general population of industrialised countries. Studies show the following:
+ In fish, birds, mammals and humans, the developing foetus/embryo is very sensitive to toxic effects of dioxin. Developmental effects in humans, seen after high accidental/occupational exposure to dioxin include pre-natal mortality, decreased growth, organ dysfunction, and effects to the both female and male reproductive system.
+ People with a higher than average exposure to dioxin, say through a high fish or sea mammal diet, are more at risk from dioxin effects, including reduced sperm count, weakened immune systems, and endometriosis in women.
+ Animal experiments have shown that exposure to very low doses of dioxin during an extremely short critical period during gestation is sufficient to cause detrimental health effects on the foetus.
+ In industrialised countries, levels of dioxin in breast milk often result in nursing infants having dioxin intakes far in excess of the "tolerable daily intake" proposed by the World Health Organisation.
+ Because dioxin is very chemically stable, and doesn't break down easily in the environment, they are often found in high concentrations in sediments, sludge's and dusts. Because most dioxin accumulates in the fatty tissues of animals they are particularly evident in aquatic, bottom dwelling organisms that are continually in contact with sediments, and in filter feeders that ingest particulate matters suspended in water.
+ In June 1999, Belgian chickens were exposed to dioxin-contaminated feed leading to a European Union ban on Belgian egg and poultry products, that later spread to North America and Asia. The cost to Belgium and the European Union (EU) as a result of the global import restrictions has been estimated at US$3 billion.
+ In March 1998, the discovery of dioxin contamination of milk in Germany led to a ban on importing Brazilian citrus pulp into the EU. Britain and other EU countries had significant stocks of citrus pulp pellets, used in cattle feed, which had to be destroyed.
+ In September 1997, leaked French agriculture ministry statistics showed alarming levels of dioxin in Brie, Camembert and butter from northern France.
+ In June 1997, the UK Ministry of Agriculture Fishery and Food reported "relatively high concentrations" of dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs in fish oil dietary supplements such as cod liver oil.
+ In November 1996, a severe fire in the production hall of a metals processing plant in Lingen, north west Germany led to animal and vegetable products grown up to 2.5km away being contaminated.
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