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  • The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) is a global network of public interest nongovernmental organizations united in support of a common POPs Elimination Platform. The mission of IPEN, achieved through its participating organizations, is to work for the global elimination of persistent organic pollutants on an expedited but socially equitable basis.

  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chemicals Programme maintains a website on POPs.

Breastfeeding Advocacy

  • La Leche League International's mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and the mother.

  • Baby Milk Action is a nonprofit organization that aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby-feeding industry. The global network is called IBFAN (the International Baby Food Action Network), and is a network of more than 150 citizen groups in more than 90 countries.


More Information About Specific Chemicals

  • The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Pesticide Database website provides current toxicity and regulatory information for pesticides. The PAN Pesticide Database brings together a diverse array of information on pesticides from many different sources.

  • The latest news in science and policy related to endocrine disrupting chemicals, persistent bioaccumulative toxicants and other environmental contaminants, Our Stolen Future tells the story of how endocrine disruption was discovered, what it means, how it works and how families can protect themselves and their communities, all in clear, simple language intended for a general audience.

  • The Coming Clean coalition maintains a website devoted to chemical body burden.

  • Read the article, "Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in U.S. Mothers' Milk," published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

  • A study by the Environmental Working Group found record high levels of PBDEs in breast milk from American mothers. Read the 2003 report "Mother's Milk."

  • Read a three-part series published in the Oakland Tribune, "A Body's Burden: Our Chemical Legacy."

  • For the program "Trade Secrets: A Moyers Report," journalist Bill Moyers participated in a study of pollutant loads in the human body.

  • The journal Environmental Science & Technology reports the results of the first sampling of perchlorate in breast milk from nursing mothers in the United States.

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