Tell the FDA to Ban BPA

Did you know BPA may be linked to breast cancer? Most breast cancer is NOT genetic but is thought to be caused by environmental causes, like BPA. BPA mimics estrogen and can cause changes in breasts which raise the risk of breast cancer. This video helps explain this problem with BPA.

New studies also show that BPA in pregnant women may cause behavioral problems in girls. Other risks thought to be linked to BPA keep popping up. This is a very prevalent toxin, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found BPA in 95% of adult human urine samples and 93% of samples in children.

You can avoid bpa by using stainless steel and glass instead of plastic and avoiding food in metal cans which may be lined with BPA, but it’s in so many things that totally avoiding it is hard. Also if something is showing up as causing so many problems should anyone be eating it? No! That is why we must tell the FDA to ban BPA.

Over three years ago, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a petition with the FDA asking them to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) as an additive. After many months of waiting, a decision date has been declared. March 31, 2012 is the last possible day that the FDA has to make a permanent decision about the usage of BPA in consumer products. The FDA has expressed concerned, scientists have expressed concern, organizations have expressed concerned, and relentless public mandate has created a serious shift in its usage within products. Not surprisingly, plastic industry lobbyists, and those benefit financially from the continued use of BPA, doubt its harm. In 2011,  Maine Governer Paul LePage went so far as to claim that there “hasn’t been any science” that identified BPA as a problem, but then made the claim that there was, in fact, some talk of BPA acting as an estrogen mimic that he’d heard about, but in a worst case scenario “women may have little beards” as a result of exposure. People like this are aggressively lobbying to keep this additive alive and they will be pushing hard on the FDA.”- Plastic Pollution Coalition

The FDA has finally agreed to decide on a BPA ban by March 31, 2012, so it’s time to act!

Take Action

The Plastic Pollution Coalition has started a petition on to get the word to the FDA that we want to see BPA banned. It’s already been signed by some pretty big supporters.

Addison Fischer, founder Planet Heritage Foundation/VeriSign
Amber Sakai, fashion designer
Amy Smart, actress
Ann K. Luskey, ocean conservationist
Barbara Benish, UN Safe Planet
Beth Nielsen Chapman, musician
Bill McKibben, author and founder
Bobbi Chase Wilding, Clean & Healthy New York
Bonnie Raitt, musician
Chandra Jessee, philanthropist
Congressman Stephen Cohen (D-Tenn.)
Daniella Russo, Executive Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition
Dennis Grimaldi, Broadway playwright
Dianna Cohen, Artist & Creative Advocacy Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition
Dick Button,Olympic gold medalist & ABC sports commentator
Dr. Marty Goldstein, DVM
Ed Begley Jr., actor and environmentalist
Fran Drescher, actress/producer
Hilary Swank, actress
Jackson Browne, musician
Jeanne Rizzo, RN; President and CEO, Breast Cancer Fund
Jeff Bridges, actor
Jeff Franklin, writer, producer, director
Joan Fabry, architect
Joanna Moore, owner, AXE restaurant
Jodie Evans, co-founder CODEPINK
Keb’Mo, musician
Mario Batali, chef
Mark Christy, President, Hobie
Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Michelle Martin Coyne, artist and photographer
P. Dee Boersma, Ph.D, Department of Biology, University of Washington
Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles (PSR-LA)
Rosanna Arquette, actor
Roz Savage, ocean rower and environmental campaigner
Sergio Arau, film director, musician, visual artist
Shari Sant Plummer, President, Code Blue Foundation
Sue Rockefeller, filmmaker
Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., oceanographer and explorer
The Ditty Bops, musicians
Wallace J Nichols Ph.D., marine biologist
Wavy Gravy, clown poet, SEVA
Werner Boote, filmmaker/director of “Plastic Planet”
Yareli Arizmendi, actor, writer

Add your name to the petition and hopefully by April our food supply will be on the way to being safer!

Share Button