In a world full of toxic materials, hazardous chemicals, pollution and so much more, who do we trust when it comes to raising our children? Our little ones are our most precious commodities and we would do anything to keep them safe and secure. These days it’s hard to know who really has our children’s best interest in mind. We are posting the information below because we feel that as parents, it is our duty to educate ourselves in order to make the correct decisions in raising our children. We hope you find the following information useful.
Terri L. Scinto
Mother Earth and Baby, LLC
A message from Green to Grow about BPA and the FDA
Just days before the California legislature will be considering passing a ban on the toxic chemical BPA in some children’s products, the FDA has announced BPA is safe for human consumption. Although there are over 100 published reports by government scientists and independent research labs documenting the risks of BPA (particularly for infants and children), the FDA has relied solely on two chemical-industry funded studies that concluded BPA poses no risk to human health. At this point I would say it is entirely clear the FDA is more committed to protecting the interests of industry rather than ensuring the safety of the public.
It is important to note that the National Toxicology Program, an arm of National Institutes of Health, has produced studies that differ in their results from those that the FDA has chosen to accept. So what the FDA has chosen to do is ignore reports from within its own system in favor of those funded by special interests. A public meeting has been scheduled for September 16 to discuss issues arising from the preliminary report issued by the NIH, which expresses concern over the dangers of BPA, especially in relation to infants and children. One thing to keep in mind – and this is consistently misreported by the media – no one is saying that BPA is safe. Everyone acknowledges that it is a dangerous toxicant. The only argument is over the level required to inflict major and irreparable damage.
Please read the articles below to get a brief overview on this issue, particularly the Washington Post article titled “Studies on Chemical In Plastics Questioned: Congress Examines Role Of Industry in Regulation.” This is essential reading.
Last, two statistics for your consideration: More than 6 billion pounds of bisphenol A are produced in the U.S. each year by Dow Chemical, BASF, Bayer AG and other manufacturers. Studies indicate that 95% of us have detectable levels of BPA in our systems.
Thanks for your time and commitment to educating people about this issue. Clearly we can’t rely on our government to do the right thing. It will be up to companies like Green to Grow, and those who support us, to keep the issue visible.
All the best,
Green to Grow
Studies on Chemical In Plastics Questioned
Congress Examines Role Of Industry in Regulation
By Lyndsey Layton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 27, 2008; A01
FDA Decision Over BPA Meant to Influence California Lawmakers?
Environmental Working Group News Release, August 15, 2008
EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment.
FDA Says Chemical Found in Plastic Bottles is Safe
Associated Press, Matthew Perrone, August 15, 2008