“Mark Schapiro is editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. He has written extensively on foreign affairs and his work has appeared in Harper’s, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Salon, and other publications, and has reported stories for Frontline/World, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio’s Marketplace.”
Having Lyme disease is bad enough, but having to unwittingly add caustic experimental chemicals to my diet and environment is not helping me cope with this lab-created disease. You know – the GMO contamination. We’re talking Monsanto inspired crops that resist weeds through genetically modifying the plant. Playing God – and not with our best interest at heart. But there are other toxins we are exposed to – and this author introduces us to these toxins that are in our homes, workplace, cabinets, refrigerator, and crib.
Schapiro goes back to a meeting of the minds in business. It seems that we are just learning that the exposure to toxic chemicals in products are seeing a jump in infertility and “globally, the World Health Organization estimates that the deaths of at least five million people a year can be attributed at least partly to their exposure to toxic chemicals; millions more suffer from debilitating carcinogenic, mutagenic, and neurotaxic effects,”and it looks like Europeans take this information more seriously than Americans. Schapiro suggests that a “satchel of cosmetics, for example, may look quite different in Berlin than it does in Boston because the EU has banned hundreds of chemicals from cosmetics and personal-care products that have been determined to be carcinogenic or mutagenic.” (Why they have not banned Aspartame abroad is still beyond me, but that’s a whole other story).
And what’s in our shower curtains, new cars, shampoo bottles, and perfumes? And what about the rubber duck and teething toys? The word is “phthalates.” These are toxins linked to ill reproduction, lower sperm counts and “a possible carcinogenic in both men and women.” Europeans have restrictions on phthalates – America has none. “Phthalates are, it turns out, is one of the most heavily studied plastics, and provides a clear example of how different the European and U.S. regulatory approach is when it comes to action on toxic chemicals. U.S. officials have had access to the same data, the same scientists, and the same scientific journals in deciding not to act, that the Europeans have had in deciding to take the opposite course.”
So, why is it the U.S. has the same information and yet does little or nothing to protect its citizens? Have we become the “dumping ground for goods not wanted elsewhere in the world?” I agree with Schapiro – “The United States is no longer where it likes to imagine itself to be, at the center of the universe around which the rest of the world revolves.”
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