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Sustainable Chemistry: Addressing Low-Dose Adverse Effects Through Contaminant Remediation and Design of Safe Products for Our Future 

Sustainable Chemistry: Addressing Low-Dose Adverse Effects Through Contaminant Remediation and Design of Safe Products for Our Future
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Sustainable Chemistry: Addressing Low-Dose Adverse Effects Through Contaminant Remediation and Design of Safe Products for Our Future
Author(s):

Genoa R. Warner

and Terrence J. Collins

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190490911.003.0013
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date: 24 November 2017

Unsustainable chemical products and processes cause damage to the earth that will become irreparable without ethical principles that prioritize the good of future generations. A serious challenge is posed by anthropogenic endocrine disruptors, synthetic chemicals that can alter development and impair health at current exposure levels. These low-dose adverse effects caused by everyday chemicals represent one of the great challenges of green science. Solutions require interdisciplinary collaboration among the fields of sustainable chemistry, environmental health sciences, and integrative environmental medicine. Their joint mission is to advance assessment, design, stewardship, and regulation of chemical products and processes and to promote environmental and health performances that are valued as much as the historically dominant economic and technical performances. The Chemistry and Sustainability Bookcase and the framework for strategic sustainable development are organizational tools for tackling these challenges. Solutions already built by interdisciplinary partnerships offer examples of practical transgenerational justice.

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