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Throughout the 1980s, the only generally agreed human effect of dioxin was chloracne, a skin disease that can be disfiguring but is not generally fatal. This was despite hundreds of studies undertaken during the late 1970s and 1980s indicating otherwise. Nevertheless, a handful of studies funded by Monsanto and BASF, which purported to show no health effects from dioxin exposure, apart from chloracne, proved disproportionately influential, notwithstanding their dubious methodology.



© 2003 Sharon Beder