I listened to an interview on Fresh Air yesterday that left me flabbergasted, shocked, and really, really angry at the negligence, and greed of America’s businesses and government. Apparently many of the products we buy and regularly use have been proven to cause cancer and other problems, alternatives exist, businesses and the government know about the problems and alternatives, and yet next to nothing has been done.
I’m not one for sensationalizing things, but this is something everyone needs to know about. Here’s the info from the Fresh Air web site:
Investigative reporter Mark Schapiro explains in a new book that toxic chemicals exist in many of the products we handle every day — agents that can cause cancer, genetic damage and birth defects, lacing everything from our gadgets to our toys to our beauty products.
And unlike the European Union, the U.S. doesn’t require businesses to minimize them — or even to list them, so consumers can evaluate the risks. Schapiro argues that that policy isn’t just bad for public health: In an increasingly green economy, he says, American businesses stand to get shut out of a huge market.
Schapiro, editorial director of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting… His book is called Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products, and What’s at Stake for American Power.