“Some might find irony in the prospect that humans in their restless quest for dominance over nature may be inadvertently undermining their own ability to reproduce or to learn and think.They may see poetic justice in the possibility thatwe have become unwitting guinea pigs in our own vast experiment with synthetic chemicals.”Theo Colborn, “Our Stolen Future.”
One of the unintended consequences of the modern chemical revolution has been world-wide dispersal of contaminants. No ecosystem has been left untouched.
No human has been born since the middle of the 20th century without some exposure, in the womb, to hormonally-active synthetic compounds creating endocrine disruptions in all living organisms including humans.
Much of the dispersal of the contaminants is by atmospheric or oceanic currents. The result is an uncontrolled, largely unmonitored experiment playing out at a global scale.
One of the unfortunate aspects of the public debate about endocrine disruption has been a repeating pattern of distortion of scientific findings by various representatives of chemical interests.