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Mercury levels in indigenous women

Year: 2005
From collection: Vital Arctic Graphics
Author: Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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Many POPs (persistent organic pollutants) and heavy metals from emissions further south are accumulated in Arctic food chains and ultimately in indigenous peoples. While fear of these compounds sometimes has resulted in abandonment of traditional foods, this has also led to more unhealthy food habits acquired from non-indigenous peoples. Most indigenous peoples in smaller communities still supply a large share of their household foods from natural resources. This graphic displays the mercury levels in indigenous women of reproductive age, as measured in blood samples.
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