The mode of development that the worldand Indiahas followed has led to a situation where we are surrounded by numerous hazardous substances in our everyday lives, which affect the health of people, of other living creatures, and of the planet as a whole. Our Toxic World is an effort to shine a keen light on these substances, and suggest alternatives that will allow readers to improve the physical quality of their lives and of their environment.
Our Toxic World takes a series of peeks into the lives of the fictitious Sachdeva family and the people they come in contact with, examines the hazardous substances that affect us in our everyday lives, outlines the effect these materials can have on us, and suggests alternative routes that we can adopt.
Chapter 9: Food: Toxins at your Table
Dioxins are among the most poisonous chemicals known to man, yet they have found their way to our dining tables. A study involving 17 countries carried out in 2005 by the International POPs Elimination Network found that chicken eggs in India contained high levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Dioxin levels were found to be 5.5 times higher than the European Union safe limit for eggs, while levels for PCBs were 4.7 times higher than the safe limit.
The negative health effects of dioxins include cancer, reduced immunity, disorder of the nervous system and birth deformity. They are produced as unintentional by-products from incineration of ...