Did you know that there are 84,000 chemicals in commerce today? And of that 84,000, only about 200 have been safety-tested and only five are regulated? That’s pretty scary, especially when you consider that children’s cancer rates have risen 20% since the 1970’s. These cases aren’t the result of better screening, either – there are just more kids getting cancer! If we can’t or won’t protect our children, then we have really lost our way. Kids aren’t the only ones getting cancer, either. These days, 1 in every 2 men and 1 in every 3 women can expect to get cancer. We can and we must do better!
In 2014, there are a few bills that address toxins in our products. Here is what you need to know!
Find out what toxins are in your children’s products!
HB 5354, An Act Concerning Chemicals of High Concern to Children
SB 146, An Act Concerning Children’s Exposure to Chemicals
These two bills are substantively the same and would require the CT Dept of Health to develop a list of chemicals that are harmful to children. The Department would then report to the Legislature every two years about the prevalence of the identified chemicals and issue recommendations for phasing them out or removing them from commerce completely. These bills are a good step in the right direction and won’t cost Connecticut a dime!
Label BPA in food packaging!
SB 316, An Act Requiring the Labeling of Food Products That Are Packaged in Materials Containing BPA
Connecticut has been a leader in the fight against bisphenol-A since 2009, when our state led the movement to ban BPA from infant bottles and products. As a result, BPA-free infant products are the standard across the nation. Next, we are pushing for labeling on any food packaging that contains BPA.
But first, what is BPA and what does it do? BPA is a chemical used in plastics and the food linings of cans. It has been found to be a hormone-disrupter, which means it acts as fuel for homone-positive cancers, such has hormone positive breast cancer. Additionally, it has been found to interfere with genes that suppress tumors. This means that it has been found to promote cancer two ways – first, it is a fuel for cancer and second, it interferes with the body’s natural defenses against cancer.
This bill would require the labeling of any products containing BPA. We have a right to know what it is our food!
Keep Pesticides Off Our Land!
HB 5330 – An Act Concerning the Application of Pesticides at Parks, Playgrounds, Athletic Fields, and Municipal Greens
Pesticides are highly toxic and, ironically, not good for grass growth. Pesticides might make your grass greener, but they don’t promote a healthy lawn or a healthy eco-system. A healthy lawn needs healthy turf and healthy turf comes from a deep root system. Pesticides provide artificial nutrients, which result in a shorter root system and, thus, an unhealthy lawn that can’t draw nutrients or water from deep in the soil.
But more importantly, pesticides are among the most toxic chemicals in use – of the 30 pesticides that are commonly used, 19 of them have been linked to cancer, 13 are linked with birth defects, 21 have been linked with reproductive effects, and 15 with neurotoxicity effects or abnormal brain development. Children and fetuses are particularly susceptible because of their decreased ability to detoxify toxins. Lawn pesticides persist for long periods of time inside buildings and schools, contaminating carpets, dust, and other surfaces, which exposes children to toxic chemicals even though they are not in contact with the grass.
This bill would ban the application of these pesticides at parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, and municipal greens. Please call your legislator today to support this important bill!