Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sign the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act Petition


Lisa Frack of the Environmental Working Group sent a couple links in response to my book review of The Body Toxic -- first, Lisa's great (and timely! Sept. '08) review of Baker's book after she met up with her in Portland. (I'd bet you a rubber ducky that her review is what led me to read it!).

Second, she reminded me that EWG still needs signatures for their petition to get legislation passed to help remedy our passive stance on chemical exposure.

"BABIES ARE BORN PRE-POLLUTED WITH 100’s OF TOXIC CHEMICALS.
OUR BROKEN TOXICS LAW IS FAILING THEM.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CHANGE THAT.

EWG tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborn babies and found nearly 300 chemicals, including BPA, fire retardants, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides that were banned more than 30 years ago.

Speak up for change. Our kids deserve it.
The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act would require that all chemicals be proven safe for children before they can be sold. But lawmakers in Washington need to know that you want them to reform our broken toxics law.

Please sign this petition to demand that Congress take action to make chemicals in consumer products kid-safe."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, for posting something about keeping our kids safe. Making industrial chemicals safe for infants and children is something we can all get behind. To ensure that we really fix this problem we must include modern science language, which necessarily utilizes non-animal methods, in this bill; otherwise we'll have another outdated bill on our hands.

Currently, many toxicity tests are based on experiments in animals and use methods that were developed as long ago as the 1930’s; they and are slow, inaccurate, open to uncertainty and manipulation, and do not adequately protect human health. These tests take anywhere from months to years, and tens of thousands to millions of dollars to perform. More importantly, the current testing paradigm has a poor record in predicting effects in humans and an even poorer record in leading to actual regulation of dangerous chemicals.

Alternatives to animal testing exist in a powerful way and many scientists advocate them. Chemical reform should not only modernize policy, but modernize the science that supports that policy. Let's ensure chemicals reform uses all the necessary tools to truly make our children, our environment, and animals safe.

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