The rise of infertility … could works of fiction not be too far fetched?

Published: 25 January 2007
Category: Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

In this article, the Ottawa Citizen speaks of works of fiction that depict a state of mass infertility and the possibility of human extinction (specifically, Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmade’s Tale,” and the recently released film, “Children of Men”), and notes that the hypothesized possibility of such circumstances may not be so far fetched. The article reports that women under 25 make up the fastest-growing segment of U.S. women with impaired infertility and also reports that the president of the American Infertility Association recently said he fears toxins — the pollution threat hypothesized in The Handmaid’s Tale and Children of Men — are behind the infertility.

The article further asserts that “low-level environmental contaminants such as phthalates, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, pesticides and other chemicals,” and other endocrine disrupters, may be partially to blame. Chemicals such as phthalates are reportedly found in some plastics products, including children’s toys and food and drink packaging. According to the article, women and men have the capacity to be adversely affected by these environmental chemicals.

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