Environmental chemicals

Environmental chemicals are in the air, water, soil and, by extension, the food we eat. An estimated 83,000 of them have accumulated since the start of the industrial revolution. Some of these environmental chemicals have become known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and they are a ‘hot topic’ in environmental health research.

EDCs are thought to have an effect on health through their role in interfering with hormone biosynthesis, metabolism or action.1 Nobody quite knows how this works as yet, but the theory has been around at