No safe dose for the unborn Brussels, 8-12-2022
8 December 2022
As recognised by the Children Right Committee of the United Nations: “The care that women receive before, during and after their pregnancy has profound implications for the health and development of their children.”13. [...] Research also shows15 that the amount of toxic chemical linked with the development of a disease or death -which is central to determining "safe" or "hazardous" levels- is proportionately greater at the lowest dose of exposure. [...] 15: The right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, 2013. [...] At the minimum the precautionary principle should be applied: as long as good data are lacking on the risks for the unborn and serious risk of harm is likely, the unborn should not be exposed to pesticide residues. [...] This would in the short term be the best way to protect pregnant women and future children rights to “the highest attainable standard of health”20 and to healthy food and water21, as acknowledged by the United Nations.