Growing Up Toxic
Chemical Exposures and Increases in Developmental Disease

Executive Summary

Problems like premature birth; male genital defects; learning, attention, and emotional disturbances; early puberty; obesity; and low sperm quality have been increasing in California and the nation as a whole over the past several decades. While a range of factors, from lifestyle to heredity, may contribute to these trends, a growing body of research suggests that toxic chemicals play a significant role. Growing Up Toxic reviews scientific evidence (as of 2004) linking chemical exposures to developmental disease, documents that reducing exposure can prevent harm and recommends a series of policy reforms to protect children from toxic exposures.