A new report co-authored by Dr. Jack Caravanos, clinical professor of environmental public health sciences, New York University College of Global Public Health and Pure Earth, documents how the pollution crisis in low- and middle-income countries affects everyone’s health and what we can do to address it.
Without a secure method of pollution control, toxins can easily flow across countries through air, water, food and other products. In a Pure Earth press release, they state that “the U.S. imports 50 to 60 percent of its fruits and vegetables, and more than 80 percent of its fish and shellfish, and almost all spices, coffee, cocoa and pet food. Imported food products are an amalgam of ingredients originating in multiple countries. While the U.S., Canada and Europe have banned many toxic chemicals and pesticides, these harmful products continue to be used in factories and in agricultural production in low- and middle-income countries where environmental policies are less stringent.” Constant exposure to such toxins can cause an increase in non-communicable diseases, particularly among children.
This report suggests that the optimal solution is to petition for global efforts toward preventing pollution at its source. Furthermore, Pure Earth encourages individuals to be aware of the source location of products they purchase and urges world leaders to prioritize pollution control for the betterment of the global population.