Collection of resources about pollution in people (and children) and how it is measured.

We all carry household, agricultural and industrial chemicals (or their breakdown products) in our bodies; sometimes called our "body burden" of chemicals. Biomonitoring is the direct measurement of this burden of substances in human tissues, such as blood or urine. The US and Germany have national biomonitoring programs to measure contaminants in the child and adult populations. Canada began a biomonitoring program during 2007 and released the results from the first cycle of testing in 2010. Canadian body burdens are similar to levels that have been found in Americans. For example, of those Americans tested, 100 percent had detectable levels of pesticide residues in their bodies. Children who eat organic food have been found to have lower pesticide body burdens than those eating a conventional diet. Bisphenol A was measured in 91% of Canadians with higher levels in children. 

The following collection aggregates content on this website about this topic.

Publications and Related Resources

  1. April 2013
    Report
  2. April 17, 2013
    Summary, Web page
  3. March 2013
    Report
  4. 2012
    Web page
  5. August 2010
    Summary
  6. August 2010
    Report
  7. August 2010
    Article
  8. 2010
    Web page, Report
  9. October 2009
    Web page, Background information
  10. 2009
    Web page, Report
  11. November 2008
    Article
  12. September 2008
    Web page, Report
  13. May 2008
    Report
  14. March 2007
    Web page
  15. June 1, 2006
    Report
  16. May 2006
    Web page, Report
  17. October 6, 2005
    Report
  18. August 2005
    Summary
  19. July 2005
    Web page, Report
  20. September 29, 2004
    Report
  21. 2003
    Report
  22. February 2003
    Report
  23. January 2003
    Report
  24. 2002
    Report
  25. December 2000
    Report

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