A chemically-laced life. 82,000 chemicals ~ safe until proven otherwise.
One of the most important reasons to eat organic foods is to avoid eating chemicals. If you knew the food you ate was directly linked to autism and birth defects, would you continue eating it? The EPA will be banning endosulfan an (highly toxic bioaccumlative) insecticide, which has already been outlawed in more than 62 countries. It is responsible for many fatal pesticide poisoning incidents around the world and is still widely produced and used in China and India. Before banning this poison, I wonder, how much was ingested and how many children have autism or other birth defects due to it?
Do you store household chemicals and other dangerous substances away from your living space, children or pets? Do you realize that those chemicals and poisons are only the tip of the iceberg? Everything from toothpaste to your carpets contain formaldehyde; there are phthalates (click here particularly if you have infants or young kids), flame retardants, and bisphenol or BPA all over our homes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a recent study of 2400 Americans and found 212 chemicals in the blood and urine of each. There are about 82,000 industrial chemicals registered for use in the U.S. with fewer than 500 that have been evaluated for human safety by the EPA!!! the 1976 federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) allows for this because chemicals are presumed safe unless proved otherwise. Since this law was passed the EPA has banned only 5 chemicals.
Why wait for the EPA to decide to ban another widely used but highly dangerous or deadly chemical like endosulfan or GMO's? Next time you consider buying anything to take into the sanctity of your home, consider buying a chemically free, environmentally friendly product instead. It may save a life - or at least make it more comfortable in the long run.
In May, the President's Cancer Panel issued a report stating that "the true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated." The report also criticized federal regulators for being "reactionary rather than precautionary." ~ At what cost??? Newly proposed legislation by Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ), and Representatives Bobby Rush (Ill) and Henry Waxman (CA) would reverse the burden of proof. Their Safe Chemical Act would have industry prove chemicals were safe before using them in products or releasing them into the environment ~ is this a no-brainer or what???
The chemical industry is expected to strongly oppose the legislation. Let's stop them. Make a statement by buying organic and environmentally friendly whenever and wherever you can. Leaving retailers stuck with products that should not be sold to us in the first place, is good...They will let industry know, and they have a relatively louder voice in this regard.
Beware and be educated. Do not count on our government or corporate enterprises to keep us safe. They are thinking of their profit margins and opportunities to further expand them. I really do not believe truly healthy food and household products are on their current agenda. If it were, I would not be writing about this today.
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