Better Living Through Chemistry?

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Have you been following the evolving story on BPA, the endocrine-disrupting plastic resin hardener found in the tissue of 93 out of 100 Americans? If you have children or grandchildren, you owe it to them to come up to speed on this topic.

I can imagine this might become the “tobacco settlement” poster child for the decade ahead. There are some really egregious ethical choices, instances of avarice over truth in high places, and perverted science in this story.

From all my annotated diigo links on BPA, I recommend this in-depth focus by FastCompany and this one at Huffington Post. I’m working on a related piece for next week’s Floyd Press.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. We started to worry about BPA a year or so ago. So we stopped buying things in cans. Its amazing what few alternatives there are. Of course the real solution is to buy fresh and make your own food, something that we have always done but not all the time. We did find some good soups in boxes, which are much lower in BPA, although according to the Huffington article you suggest, not necessarily free of this potential poison.

    Thanks for the reminder, we will redouble our efforts.