A party with toxic cocktails? How hazardous are chemical mixtures and what can we do about it?
We find hundreds of toxic chemicals in our environment, our water, even our blood. What do we know about the hazard of these chemical cocktails? And what can we do about it? Let’s discuss with academia, industry, civil society and politicians on how to move forward towards a non-toxic environment.Utökad beskrivning av samhällsfrågan
Almost 100 000 different chemicals are used for producing medicines, food, clothing, building materials, fuel and a multitude of other consumer products. We are exposed to some of them directly, others escape into the environment during the production, use and disposal of the different products. As a result we find complex chemical cocktails wherever we look – in rivers and lakes, the food we eat, even in the blood of newborns. However, when chemicals are investigated for their hazards to human health and the environment, we ignore their cocktail effect and assess each chemical in isolation. First a brief summary on the cocktail effect of toxic chemicals and thereafter explore what we can do about it: which political, legal and economic instruments are at our disposal to move towards a toxic-free environment? The introductions (in English) will be followed by a panel discussion mainly in Swedish with participants from academia, civil society, chemical industry and environmental policy.
- Thomas Backhaus, Professor, Dep. of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
- Jessica Coria, Associate professor, Dep. Of Economics, University of Gothenburg
- Åsa Arrhenius, PhD, Dep. of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
- Mikael Karlsson, President, European Environmental Bureau
- Lena Lundberg, IKEM
- Emma Nohrén, Riksdagsledagmot, Miljöpartiet