The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) targets the elimination of 12 of the most hazardous pesticides and industrial chemicals that can kill people, damage immune and nervous systems, cause reproductive problems and cancer, and interfere with child development.
Nine of the twelve POPs include pesticides such as DDT, aldrin, chlordane, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, and toxaphene.
The worst pesticides do not break down easily. They persist, bioaccumulate in the food chain, and become widely distributed. Pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, compose 9 out of the 12 most dangerous persistent organic pollutants: Aldrin, Chlordane, DDT, Dieldrin, Endrin, Heptachlor, Hexachlorobenzene, Mirex, and Toxaphene according to the international Stockholm Convention. DDT’s deadly effect of weakening the shells of bird eggs and is a well-known example ofbioaccumulating pesticides’ effect on the food chain. As Rachel Carson said, we should really call these chemicals biocides, because they are toxic to all life.
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