Endocrine disruptors are synthetic chemicals that mimic or otherwise interfere with naturally produced hormones that control how an organism develops and functions. Wildlife and humans are constantly exposed to these pervasive and often persistent chemicals. They have been implicated in the rising levels of breast, testicular and prostate cancer. They cause reproducuctive abnormalities and infertility. There is strong evidence that they cause behavior and learning problems in children.
For information about endocrine disruptors, go to the following links:
Understanding Endocrine Disruption (English)
National Academies Report Proposes New Strategy for Evaluating Endocrine Disruptors
Natural Resources Defense Council Endocrine Disruptor FAQ page. 9 Ways to Avoid Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.
Silent Spring Institute. Partnership of scientists and citizens concerned about environmental links to breast cancer.
TEDX (The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange). An international non-profit organization dedicated to compiling and disseminating the scientific evidence on the health and environmental problems caused by low level exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors.