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What Is So Dangerous About Monsanto PCBs?

Polychlorinated biphenyls, otherwise known as PCBs, have been a huge problem that people though had been eradicated in the late 1970s. This could not be any more wrong – but what is the big deal about PCBs, you may be asking. Plenty is the answer – especially to those people who may be unwittingly living in the most polluted areas in the United States.

There have been studies that have linked exposure to PCBs with a kind of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is a disease that first starts with lymphocytes, parts of the body that are found in a person’s immune system. A study from the Environmental Protection Agency involving Rhesus monkeys (a species of primates that have DNA compatible to that of a homo sapien by 93%) proved that exposure to the substance can cause significant physical repercussions such as the drastic shrinking of the thymus gland. The thymus gland is responsible for the stimulation and development of hormones called Thymosin which act as internal combatants. There has been some evidence that PCBs can also cause reproductive or neurological defects in people.

There has been substantial evidence that states that the Monsanto Company is almost solely responsible for the presence of PCBs in the United States of America, with a whopping 99% responsibility. They have been in operation since the 1930s – though some claims state that they had been operating under a different name since the early 1900s – and a note found from within the company brings to light that they have known the hazardous effects of their products since the 1960s, long before Congress issued the ban in 1979.

It is the year 2015 and the effects of Monsanto PCBs are still widely felt, especially in the areas with bodies of water that were frequently used as disposal areas. Not only is the marine life as well as the sediments found in the seafloor affected but the people who reside in that area are also exposed to the substance, sometimes ignorant to their being exposed until it is too late.

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