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Scientists studying the region have found very high levels of dioxin in eggs in the area. In fact, the levels are 25 times higher than US daily threshold standards and 70 times higher than what is set in Europe. Exposure to dioxin can lead to a range of health problems including Parkinson's disease, cancer, and birth defects.
The article is a good read and the images are striking. They show how our modern consumption is changing the world for the worse.