ToxicBody is an interdisciplinary line of research that studies the social perception of the risks and hazards of contamination through Persistent Toxic Compounds (PTC), including all Persistent Organic Compounds (POC). Its focus is on the analysis of the interrelations between corporeality, health and food. This line is integrated in the Body, Food and Environmental Health area of the University of Barcelona Food Observatory. The team is made up of researchers from fields as diverse as anthropology, sociology, philosophy, medicine, epidemiology, nursing and psychology, and is attached to the University of Barcelona Food Observatory (ODELA). The ODELA (http://www.ub.edu/odela/)
is a consolidated research group linked to the Social Anthropology Department at the University of Barcelona and is interested in the management of knowledge on food and health.
This line of research intends to inform professionals, researchers and the public about the social and cultural issues involved in internal pollution due to PTC exposure and its impact on people’s health, now and in the future.
It aims at making a critical contribution to a broader debate in order to get public authorities, academia and social agencies to commit to informing the population in a scientific and responsible manner, as well as raising awareness and promoting a stricter control of persistent chemical pollutants.