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posted on 01.05.2000, 00:00 authored by Lester B. Lave, Daniel M. Byrd

The United States uses about 60,000 chemical substances to produce the products and services the nation uses. Many of these chemicals have toxic properties that result in cancer, birth defects, mutations, or other chronic diseases. Although pre-industrial economies existed without synthetic chemicals, no advanced economy can exist without them.


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