24 May '12, 10am

Flame retardants and farm chemicals could affect our bodies for generations

Flame retardants and farm chemicals could affect our bodies for generations

It’s always nice when someone writes an article so you don’t have to. In this case it was New York Times columnist Nick Kristof, who has been doing the thankless job of writing about the health risks of toxic chemicals in our environment, as well as the politicization of the regulatory process that’s supposed to be in place. From arsenic in chicken feed to cancer-causing chemicals to endocrine disruptors , Kristof has given new visibility to a critical issue: how toxic chemicals affect us, and how reluctant our government has been to protect us. Kristof’s latest tale involves flame retardants , and is inspired by this knockout multimedia investigative series on the subject from the Chicago Tribune . These chemicals — various flavors of a group known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) — are everywhere and in everything, from carpet padding to furniture to baby toys t...

Full article: http://grist.org/green-home/flame-retardants-and-farm-che...

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