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Interesting Information: “The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics”

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Interesting Information:  July 27, 2014

“The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics”

I’ve often wondered if the “new” plastics that are BPA-free are any safer.

Ok, so I’m a total cynic where industry “truth” is concerned.

And that cynicism is driven by the fact that with regard to agricultural chemicals, industry lets a chemical ride until it has hurt enough people, then withdraws it, then replaces it with something else that does not yet have a reputation.  The tobacco industry wrote this playbook, and it staved off recognition of health dangers for…what?…50 or 60 years.

Our government either is powerless to stop this kind of practice and/or turns a blind eye.

Mariah Blake’s article beings this way:

EACH NIGHT AT DINNERTIME, a familiar ritual played out in Michael Green’s home: He’d slide a stainless steel sippy cup across the table to his two-year-old daughter, Juliette, and she’d howl for the pink plastic one. Often, Green gave in. But he had a nagging feeling. As an environmental-health advocate, he had fought to rid sippy cups and baby bottles of the common plastic additive bisphenol A (BPA), which mimics the hormone estrogen and has been linked to a long list of serious health problems. Juliette’s sippy cup was made from a new generation of BPA-free plastics, but Green, who runs the Oakland, California-based Center for Environmental Health, had come across research suggesting some of these contained synthetic estrogens, too.

And, contains this kind of information:

Even as the industry crafted defensive talking points, some companies began offering BPA-free alternatives. But they often didn’t bother testing them for other potentially toxic compounds or synthetic hormones. Nor did they have to: Under US law, chemicals are presumed safe until proven otherwise, and companies are rarely required to collect or disclose chemical-safety data. Michael Green, the Center for Environmental Health director who worried about his daughter’s sippy cup, says this results in a “toxic shell game”: Corporations that come under pressure to root out toxins often replace them with untested chemicals, which sometimes turn out to be just as hazardous. “It’s an unplanned science experiment we’re doing on our families,” Green told me when I visited him at his Bay Area home, where Juliette, now 5, was padding around in a pink princess costume.

We are talking about reproductive health and cancer for our children.  Nothing less…

So, do read the article…

The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics | Mother Jones.

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July 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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