A report from the Environmental Protection Agency claims that dioxin is ten times more likely to cause cancer than previously reported.

Burning chlorine-containing chemicals such as plastics and industrial wastes, and manufacturing paper from wood forms dioxin. Burning volatilizes dioxin which settles on plants that are eaten by animals; you eat both the plants and animals that eat them. Dioxin is soluble in fat, causing dioxin to accumulate in fatty meats and dairy products, and in YOUR fat. High doses of dioxin have been shown to cause cancers in certain industrial workers, pilots who sprayed agent orange in Viet Nam, and some farmers who used dioxin as an herbicide; but scientists do not know whether other people are exposed to enough dioxin in their food supply to increase their risk for cancer. For now, don't burn trash and eat a low-fat diet.

May 18, 2000 report of the health effects of dioxin from the Environmental Protection Agency

Reported 5/30/00; checked 8/9/05

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