Thursday, May 6, 2010

Heads up on new report on chemicals in the food supply

The New York Times reports this morning -- New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer -- that the President's Cancer Panel, one of the most prestigious committees in medicine, will issue a new report warning on the dangers of chemicals in the economy and the food supply.  The present members of the panel were appointed by President Bush, and the panel itself has been in existence since 1971.  Among other recommendations, the report suggests:

+ Eating organic foods,
+ Not using plastics in microwaves,
+ Avoiding BPA,
+ Greater scrutiny of plastics presently in use.

The panel is particularly concerned about the impacts of chemicals on pregnant women and their unborn babies.  It notes that babies are born "pre-polluted -- the blood of the umbilical cords of newborn babies contains more than 300 chemicals foreign to the human body.

This of course isn't news to some of us, but it is interesting that the weight of evidence is starting to impact the mainstream of scientific and medical discussion.

It's about time.

1 comment:

  1. Could you elaborate on "avoiding BPA"? There is no end to the studies and the politics. I really don't trust very many of "them." But you seem to be keeping up with this sort of thing, and you are neither of the other! Thanks. ~Liz