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Mercury levels in indigenous women
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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.