The Center for Childrens Health and the Environment (CCHE) is the nations first academic research and policy center to examine the links between exposure to toxic pollutants and childhood illness. CCHE was established in 1998 within the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. CCHEs mission is to promote the health of children by conducting environmental health and policy research.
CCHE has a wide variety of reports documenting the problem of toxic chemicals from foods, water and pesticides and their significant impact on children, especially their additive effects.
"Of the thousands of synthetic chemicals on the market, relatively few have been tested for safety. And even fewer have been tested in combination with other chemicals. For our health, for our childrens health, such testing should be in place for all chemicals."
Here's an excerpt from one of their reports
Children's Unique Vulnerability to Environmental Toxins
Many diseases that are triggered by toxins in the environment require decades to develop. Examples include mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos, leukemia caused by benzene, breast cancer that may be caused by DDT, and possibly some chronic neurologic diseases such as Parkinson's disease that may be caused by exposure to environmental neurotoxins.
Many of those diseases are now thought to be the products of multistage processes within the body's cells that require many years to evolve from earliest initiation to actual manifestation of illness. Consequently, certain carcinogenic and toxic exposures sustained early in life appear more likely to lead to disease than do the same exposures encountered later in life.