How endocrine disruptors impact our ecosystems and wildlife

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The EDC-Free Europe coalition brings together public interest groups representing more than 70 environmental, health, women’s and consumer groups across Europe who share a concern about hormone disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and their impact on our health and wildlife.

Endocrine disrupting chemicals, also known as hormone disruptors, are chemicals that interfere with the natural hormones in our bodies. And they also have an impact on nature and wildlife, where EDCs have been found to be present in the air, surface water, the soil or in the food chain.

Sources of exposure to EDCs in nature can be both direct with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, but also indirect via chemicals developed for industrial or domestic applications or used in consumer products that end up in the environment through inappropriate waste management. Some suspected endocrine disrupting pesticides have even been found in tree barks.



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