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Our Stolen Sustainability: Contamination by Environmental Hormones

  • Shigeo Atsuji
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS)


When we speak of sustainable development in the context of modern society, what does it actually mean? Here we would like to address the issue of environmental contamination and explore the conditions required to move toward human coexistence and symbiosis with the natural environment [1]. Studying the effect of ‘environmental hormones’ [2] and endocrine disruptors on the ecosystem, Theo Colborn confirmed the risk of ‘brain contamination’ through the food chain and ‘biomagnification’. The contamination of the ecosphere by environmental hormones—an issue which no modern human can avoid—is a ‘negative legacy’ contrasting with the economic wealth brought by modern rationality. In this chapter, I consider the role of the environmental ethics which societies and individuals will be required to practice in the near future and examine the role of ‘environmental management’ as a preventive policy informing the morality of modern organizations.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Environmental Contamination Endocrine Disruptor Modern Human Agricultural Chemical 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shigeo Atsuji
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  1. 1.Kansai UniversityKyotoJapan

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