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“Some of the pesticides inscribed into the Illinois landscape have been linked to cancer. One of these is DDT. Banned for use decades ago, DDT is so chemically stable that it remains the most common pesticide in fish in North American rivers and streams. A 2009 national survey of pesticide residues in homes across the United States found traces of DDT on 42 percent of kitchen floors. Like islands in preglacial river valleys, its presence endures. DDT has been variously linked, in human studies, to low sperm count, premature birth, diabetes, brain damage, pancreatic cancer, impaired breastfeeding, and breast cancer.”

Sandra Steingraber. Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment. Da Capo Press. Kindle Edition. Pg. 5.

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