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Farmer Warns ‘Forever Chemicals’ Pose A Serious Problem

PFAS are known as forever chemicals – they never break down, and can spread into waterways, land, animals…and us.

Larry Acton has been farming cattle for over 50 years, but when he bought his property in 2021, he had no idea it was contaminated with PFAS.

He is now concerned that these chemicals could make it into the meat and eventually into consumers.

Speaking to The Briefing, Acton shares his concerns, and what he thinks needs to be done about it:

PFAS has been used for its useful waterproofing properties in firefighting foams, non-stick cookware, cosmetics and more.

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Research has shown that high exposure to PFAS has been linked to a various range of health conditions, and a higher risk of some cancers.

Acton says that there has been little success in “getting authorities to recognise and accept responsibility, and then move to do something about it.”

Numerous communities impacted by PFAS contamination have launched class actions against the Australian Government.

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