Here is what I think. First let's get the BPA thing straight. There is no question BPA is toxic, period. Second, it is now present in everything from breast milk and cord blood to rivers, house dust, and even air. Third, the FDA, time and time again, does not care about the consumer and even has the guts to question and contemplate whether they should ban it! I don't get it, do these people working at FDA not realize that they and their families are just as affected by this as everyone else? What, do they have a 'backup planet' they are planning to migrate to once they bring Earth and its inhabitants to complete destruction? Excuse my sarcasm.
What goes through the minds of people who attended the Joint Trade Association meeting that took place on May 28, 2009? Are they seriously going to get a "pregnant young mother who would be willing to speak around the country about the benefits of BPA"? Is this a joke? Unfortunately not, they'll do anything in the name of the $6 billion dollar BPA industry. Where are they going to find this young mother? It is too bad there are so many clueless mothers out there, the corporations will probably take advantage and pay well to some poor mom who will have no idea what she is advertising. Then a few million other moms will actually believe it, I will not be one of them. The thing is, they just will not be able to find a scientific spokesperson to shed any positive light on BPA, because there isn't any! This is very reminiscent of the tobacco industry that started targeting women (Virginia Slims) when their wallet was hit by the FTC and various health groups in the 60s. Some excerpts from the meeting minutes that might convince you this is outrageous:
Attendees believe a balance of legislative and grassroots outreach (to young mothers ages 21-35 and students) is imperative to the stability of their industry.So what will I do about this? I'll just blog and rant... Then I'll try to continue with the phasing out of plastic used with anything edible in our household. I'll thank EWG for being one of the few that cares about our health and environment. I'll think about how this blog post is like a drop in the bucket, but a few moms will read it. Hopefully someone will listen.
Attendees suggested using fear tactics (e.g. "Do you want to have access to baby food anymore?") as well as giving control back to consumers (e.g. you have a choice between the more expensive product that is frozen or fresh or foods packaged in cans) as ways to dissuade people from choosing BPA-free packaging.
Focusing on the impact of BPA bans on minorities (Hispanic and African American) and poor is also important.
So what other chemicals are present in plastic that we don't know about? I can only guess. On a positive note, there are so many other much less toxic materials that we can use for convenience. I'll stick with my stainless steel, glass, cast iron...
Don't ruin my day and tell me there is something wrong with those materials too!