by The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ)
(Falls Church, Virginia USA)
Are you worried about dioxin in your and your family's diet? So are we. That's why we have launched our Cannibal Animals Video Contest. Dioxin is the name given to a set of very persistent, very toxic chemicals. It is the same toxic contaminant found in Agent Orange and at Love Canal, New York, and it can travel very long distances in the atmosphere.
Dioxin is associated with cancer, endometriosis, decreased fertility, inability to carry pregnancies to term, lowered testosterone levels, decreased sperm counts, birth defects, and learning disabilities and we easily could keep going. The levels of dioxin in the general population are estimated to cause a lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1000; this is 1,000 times higher than the generally accepted standard of 1 in 1 million.
Recently Rep. Markey and 72 members of Congress sent the EPA a letter on dioxin reminding them of its dangers and requesting a detailed timeline for finalizing and releasing the dioxin reassessment that has been in the works for over 20 years now. The reassessment was started in 1986, after the 1985 study found that the cancer risks for humans associated with dioxin were by far the highest of any other man-made chemical. In 2001, the EPA?s science advisory board told EPA Administrator Whitman ?to proceed expeditiously to complete and release the report? but the 2010 self-imposed deadline was missed and the report has not been finished yet.
With your help in the Cannibal Animals Video Contest, we?ll be able to expose the origins of dioxin in food and the detrimental effects animal byproducts in feed ultimately have on our health.
You can enter any type of video media piece, including but not limited to film & digital video recordings, stop motion video, motion graphics, 3D animation, 2D animation, and animated comics.
Submissions are due October 15 and should be between 2-3 minutes.
For more information about the Cannibal Animals Video Contest: http://chej.org/cannibalanimals
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