Eliminating EDCs in Europe could save billions in health care costs
What are the societal costs of hazardous chemicals? A report from the European NGO, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), finds that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in products and food may cost the EU up to €31 billion (more than $42 billion) annually. The calculation is based on costs of treating hormone-related health problems that include diabetes and obesity, reproductive and fertility problems, children’s neurological disorders and certain cancers. HEAL is calling on the EU to enact policies to reduce EDC exposure and replace them with safer alternatives.