How Do We Avoid Exposure to Toxic Chemicals?

Monday, April 25, 2011

There are approximately 80,000 chemicals at play in some form or another in the marketplace today. How much do we know about the effects that these chemicals have on our health? They're technically supposed to be regulated under the Toxic Substance Control Act, which was passed in 1976. But a policy statement out today by the American Academy of Pediatrics is arguing that the act is ineffective in protecting children and pregnant women from lots of toxic chemicals in our daily environment. How do we avoid negative effects? 

McKay Jenkins is the author of “What’s Gotten into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World.” He says the responsibility lies in our political and economic will to make more informed choices from how we regulate chemicals to the choices we make in every singe consumer purchase we make.

Guests:

McKay Jenkins

Produced by:

Mary Harris and Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

marsh from Wpg

Proper, honest labeling of all chemicals will go a long way. See HAZCOM Song http://bit.ly/e88T9g

Apr. 26 2011 01:08 AM
Pam from Bristol, RI

Thank you Take Away for this story.. not only have I purchased the book "what's gotten into us" but have spread the word. As an advocate for my granddaughters futures and all those children of the world I am pleased you brought this to the attention of all your listeners.

Apr. 25 2011 07:33 AM

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