Do it for the Children

They are the future and deserve to the chance to be raised without numerous health issues at a young age. Infants are exposed to mercury, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls, phthalates, and bisphenol, which are all linked to reproductive and development disorders. In 15 years children who have asthma under the age of five has increased by 160%. Cancer and other dysfunctions and impairments have been linked to solvents and pesticides. Some pesticides, exposure to lead and mercury have contributed to ADHD and autism. So if you choose not to care about how pesticides and other household toxins can harm you, you might care how it affects the little ones.

Support the Kid-Safe Chemical Act that “would mandate that all new chemicals be tested and found safe for children before being brought to the market. It would require that 62,000 untested chemicals currently in use be proven safe or be banned.” In the meantime, you can remove harmful household items and make sure to buy organic fruits, veggies, and dairy for your children.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Rihana on May 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Making industrial chemicals safer is something we can all get behind. If we want safer chemicals and a safer environment then we must use nonanimal methods of testing.

    Currently, many toxicity tests are based on experiments in animals and use methods that were developed as long ago as the 1930’s; they and are slow, inaccurate, open to uncertainty and manipulation, and do not adequately protect human health. These tests take anywhere from months to years, and tens of thousands to millions of dollars to perform. More importantly, the current testing paradigm has a poor record in predicting effects in humans and an even poorer record in leading to actual regulation of dangerous chemicals.

    The blueprint for development and implementation for nonanimal testing is the National Research Council report, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007.” This report calls for a shift away from the use of animals in toxicity testing. The report also concludes that human cell- and computer-based approaches are the best way to protect human health because they allow us to understand more quickly and accurately the varied effects that chemicals can have on different groups of people. They are also more affordable and more humane.

    These methods are ideal for assessing the real world scenarios such as mixtures of chemicals, which have proven problematic using animal-based test methods. And, they’re the only way we can assess all chemicals on the market.


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