Environmental Defence Canada tested the umbilical cord blood of three newborn babies and found each child was born with 55 to 121 toxic compounds and possible cancer-causing chemicals in their bodies.
Of the 137 chemicals found in total, 132 are reported to cause cancer in humans or animals, 110 are considered toxic to the brain and nervous system and 133 cause developmental and reproductive problems in mammals.
Read the full report on the toxic substances in the umbilical cord blood of Canadian newborns here.
Environmental Defence Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Environmental Defence Fund) is a non-partisanenvironmental charity. Founded in 1984, it is known for its effectiveness and innovative work on preventing and reducing pollution of the environment and human health. Its areas of education and research include toxic chemicals, urban sprawl, tar sands, global warming, water quality and endangered species. It’s often cited for its leadership on banning BPA in baby bottles. Canada was the first country to protect babies from BPA’s harmful effects in this way.