Stories tagged with BPA

Food

Keeping it in the family: BPA’s effects might last in our bodies for generations

Scientists who exposed mice to BPA at low-level, consistent doses found that it caused genetic and behavioral changes that persisted for generations.

Food

Can ‘veggie prescriptions’ really make people healthier?

Better access to fruits and vegetables is key, but recent science suggests that lowering exposure to BPA, pthalates, and other endocrine disruptors might be just as important.

Green Home

It’s even in gum!: Tips on avoiding plastic from expert Beth Terry

Author Beth Terry talks about plastic-free living, why the proposed alternatives to BPA might be worse, and the connection between cutting out plastic and building a local economy.

Critical List: Canada will fall short of emissions goal; people hate smart meters

Props to Canada for setting an actual carbon emissions goal. Too bad there’s almost no way they’re going to meet it. The World Bank is pushing countries to put a monetary value on the resources their ecosystems provide. A new study shows that monkeys who were exposed to BPA in utero developed unusually dense mammary tissue — in humans, a risk for breast cancer. Those dead pelicans that washed up on the shores of Peru likely starved to death.

Green Home

FDA on BPA: We need more time to think

In their belated response to a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Food and Drug Administration says it refuses to ban the chemical.

Critical List: Pesticides are killing bees; North Sea gas leak only sort of dangerous

A look at the news of the day.

Pollution

Raging hormone disruptors: Common chemicals cause trouble even in small amounts

BPA in water bottles and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals in everyday products pose big risks, according to a major new paper.

Living

Low doses of BPA are worse for you than high doses

The pesticide and plastics industry have a lot invested in the safety of chemicals like bisphenol A and atrazine. Such “endocrine-disrupting” chemicals mimic human hormones, and research has tied them to health problems like cancer and infertility. But these industries have always held up studies that look at exposure to huge doses of endocrine disruptors. In massive quantities, the industries point out, these chemicals don’t cause problems. Therefore, they must be safe. But those huge doses may actually obscure the chemicals’ effects, a new study argues. Endocrine-disrupting compounds “can have effects at low doses that are not predicted by effects …

Critical List: Chevron execs face ‘environmental crime’ charges; even small doses of BPA are dangerous

Everything about Frozen Planet is awesome, except Alec Baldwin’s narration. Chevron execs in Brazil must surrender their passports and face criminal charges for “environmental crimes” connected to oil spills off the country’s coast. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A and the pesticide atrazine can have significant health effects even for people exposed to only small doses, according to a new study. Mitt Romney wants Obama to fire Steven Chu, Lisa Jackson, and Ken Salazar because as heads of departments (Energy, EPA, and Interior) that have some responsibility for energy, they “are on a mission to drive up the price of gasoline …

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