Now is your chance to help ban BPA
This is the last week for you to sign the petition banning BPA from consumer products…Posted Mar 27, 2012
BPA (bisphenol A) is an industrial chemical used to harden plastic and is found in products such as polycarbonate water bottles, plastic baby bottles, dental sealants, food storage containers, the lining of metal food and beverage cans, and thousands of consumer goods. There has been much controversy regarding the health effects of exposure to BPA, with industry proponents claiming its safety for consumer use, while evidence of health concerns continues to emerge.
BPA is an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to a variety of diseases including autism, attention disorder ADHD, erectile dysfunction, heart disease in women, depression, learning disorders, asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and infertility. People exposed to BPA are reported to have a higher risk of developing prostate and breast cancers, and BPA has been found to decrease the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Babies and young children are especially sensitive to the harmful effects of BPA. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found BPA in 95% of adult human urine samples and 93% of samples in children.
There is a focus on pregnant women, newborns and infants, who seem to be most at risk to effects from BPA. Prenatal exposure to BPA has been associated with subsequent neurological difficulties.
People exposed to BPA are reported to have a higher risk of developing prostate and breast cancers, and BPA has been found to decrease the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
In 2009, Sunoco, a BPA producer, announced to investors that it was refusing to sell BPA to companies for use in food and water containers for children younger than 3. Sunoco stated that it could not be certain of the compound’s safety. Shortly after this announcement, Congress introduced legislation intended to establish a federal ban on BPA in all food and beverage containers.
In early 2010, the Food and Drug Administration reversed its position on the safety of Bisphenol A, saying it has concerns about health risks associated with the use of BPA.
Today, the FDA is poised to make a conclusive and binding decision about the use of BPA in consumer products, and you have an opportunity to participate by signing a petition urging the FDA to ban the use of this chemical.
Eartheasy joins Breast Cancer Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Working Group, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and many other organizations in a call on FDA to ban BPA. The move is supported by Martha Stewart, Jeff Bridges, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanna Arquette, Hillary Swank, Fran Drescher, Ed Begley, Jr., Mario Batali, Jackson Browne and many other notable individuals (see list below).
Over three years ago, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a petition with the FDA asking them to ban the use of 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, many scientists and organizations have expressed concern, and relentless public pressure has created a serious shift in its usage within products. Not surprisingly, plastic industry lobbyists, and those who benefit financially from the continued use of BPA, disclaim any findings which associate BPA will health concerns. In 2011, Maine Governor 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.
Luckily, smart and caring people are prevailing. Later that same year, Jeanne Rizzo, registered nurse, CEO and President of Breast Cancer Fund was quoted in Forbes saying, “If BPA were being studied as a pharmaceutical drug, it’s highly doubtful, given its interaction with animals, that it would make it into a clinical trial with humans. It wouldn’t make it into a clinical trial, and yet we’re already in a clinical trial and we’re all the subjects…”
A growing group of notable supports (see list below) have co-sponsored/co-signed a petition urging the FDA to ban BPA in the US. Together we must urge the FDA to ban BPA from food and drink containers and packages as it has been shown to be harmful in numerous studies. We are asking that the FDA seriously consider their own concern they have over the dangerous effects of BPA and do what is right for the health and safety of the people of the United States.
The FDA must ban BPA.
Sign our petition here: http://ow.ly/9KVah
And join these wonderful supporters:
Addison Fischer, Founder, Planet Heritage Foundation; Founder, 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, 350.org
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
Greg Seaman, founder Eartheasy.com
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
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