28 May '11, 8am

82K #chemicals are now loose in our environment & only a tiny percentage have been tested for safety.

Maybe you know this already, but 82,000 chemicals are now loose in our environment -- in toys and clothes, furniture and appliances -- and only a tiny percentage has been tested for safety. Only five have ever been pulled off the market. Each one of us has traces in our blood of several hundred synthetic chemicals, and mounting evidence suggests that many of them are dangerous to our health. You may have heard, for instance, about BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical, and about phthalates, which decrease the production of testosterone in boys in utero. We desperately need a stronger law than the one we have -- the laughably weak Toxic Substances Control Act. But many chemists (and businesses) want nothing less than an entirely new way of creating chemicals that are designed from inception not to do us harm. Wright Treadway visited the University of California, Berkeley, t...

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