Fast Company on BPA: Seeds of Doubt Falsely Planted with Big Tobacco Tactics

It was amazing to read Dave Case's well-written article The Real Story Behind Bisphenol-a.  The opening tag line alone casts a spotlight of dismay across what I've called the Bisphenol-a Debate:

How a handful of consultants used Big Tobacco's tactics to sow doubt about science and hold off regulation of BPA, a chemical in hundreds of products that could be harming an entire generation.

Wow.  After years of following this ugly controversy, it was nothing less than a relief to see the under belly of the beast laid bare.  Mr. Case takes an issue complicated by contrary voices, conflicts of interest and billions of dollars, and presents it in a straight forward, common sense manner for all to see.

I found it intriguing to see the author's take on how the government might react to the growing  evidence of harm caused by BPA:

You might expect the government to start controlling the use of BPA, but the track record suggests otherwise. The United States has a long tradition of keeping harmful substances — lead, DDT, tobacco, PCBs — on the market for decades after scientists find adverse effects.

What are we to do in the meantime?  Mr. Case suggests that we only have two options:

  1. Trust that the chemical industry has our best interests at heart
  2. Take precautions: in its report, the NIH's National Toxicology Program advised “concerned parents” to reduce their use of canned foods; use BPA-free baby bottles; and opt for glass, porcelain, or stainless-steel containers, particularly for hot foods and liquids.

In the closing paragraph of the article, we're left with stunning insight into the scientific community's thoughts concerning the NIH statement:

Independent scientists applauded, though many of them contend that the advice should have been even more strongly worded — and would have been, were the agency not constrained by the industry-funded science.

As the battle between the multi-billion dollar chemical industry and health advocates calling for regulation rages on, parents are left to educate themselves.  I can't emphasize enough how important it is to invest some time in reading the full article.

>> READ an easy to understand synopsis of the article written by Janelle of Healthy Child Healthy World HERE.

, , ,

5 Responses to Fast Company on BPA: Seeds of Doubt Falsely Planted with Big Tobacco Tactics

  1. VeggieMomma January 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    I am so glad to be Canadian in the sense that BPA is banned from being sold in stores in bottles. Also, big chain stores such as Walmart and Toys-R-Us carry mostly all BPA free baby toys and dishware/utensils. Still though, there should be no hesitation from our governments to ban substances like this. BPA lines cans of formula and food that pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as children, eat from. We shouldn’t have to do so much research and be so careful, just to be safe…our governments should be doing that for us.

  2. VeggieMomma January 24, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    I am so glad to be Canadian in the sense that BPA is banned from being sold in stores in bottles. Also, big chain stores such as Walmart and Toys-R-Us carry mostly all BPA free baby toys and dishware/utensils. Still though, there should be no hesitation from our governments to ban substances like this. BPA lines cans of formula and food that pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as children, eat from. We shouldn’t have to do so much research and be so careful, just to be safe…our governments should be doing that for us.

  3. Linda N. January 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    My husband was reading this article to me the other night and I was amazed at how crazy the web of lies was. I have no doubt in my mind that other issues, like melamine in formula, will become another issue that raises the same type of red flags. Thanks for posting this.

  4. Linda N. January 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    My husband was reading this article to me the other night and I was amazed at how crazy the web of lies was. I have no doubt in my mind that other issues, like melamine in formula, will become another issue that raises the same type of red flags. Thanks for posting this.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Weekly Links - Around the Web Edition : Parenting Advice and Tips: Modern Parent - January 27, 2009

    […] of my favorite blogs, The Soft Landing, has a couple of excellent articles concerning BPA. In Fast Company on BPA: Seeds of Doubt Falsely Planted with Big Tobacco Tactics, she talks about what I always suspected, the plastics companies are lobbying to keep the […]

Leave a comment

Designed by Alicia Voorhies

Tweet
Yum
Stumble
Share
Pin