Thanks to the FDA – BPA is Here to Stay is a must-read. It is just as important for us to reveal to you the scary facts that are out there as it is for us to share the healthy and safe ones.
Although our blog is focused on organic health foods you may be wondering why I’ve written an article focused on BPA. The reason we are so passionate about organics is because they are safe, healthy, and at the end of the day – a necessity. It is imperative that we educate people on the things we have found to be on both sides of these standards.
You Can Thank The FDA for This One!
Bisphenol A, a controversial chemical used in the lining of nearly all cans used by the food and beverage industry, got a reprieve from the government last week. Responding to a court order to decide on the Natural Resources Defense Council’s petition to ban the stuff on the grounds that it causes harm even in tiny doses, the Food and Drug Administration rejected the petition and upheld its approval of BPA.
That’s good news for some of the globe’s biggest chemical companies. According to Bloomberg News, the global BPA market is worth about $8 billion, with about a quarter of total production going into cans. (The rest goes into polycarbonate plastics, which end up in everything from water bottles to DVDs.)
Just In-case the FDA’s Motion to Keep BPA Use in Full Swing Wasn’t Enough to Boil Your Blood – Check Out the Findings from Studies They Are 100% Aware of AND From Those They’ve Conducted Themselves:
- The FDA’s own research shows that BPA leaches from can linings into food, and a 2011 Harvard study found BPA at heightened levels in people who regularly consume canned soup.
- BPA is what is known as an endocrine disrupter, meaning that it has a range of effects on human development even at minute doses.
- Friday’s decision comes less than a month after the release of a major study of endocrine disruptors by a range of scientists, including some from the US Department of Health and Human Services, who found “strong evidence” that BPA negatively affects the prostate at low doses and “undisputed evidence” that it does so for mammary glands.
- BPA has proven hazardous in the laboratory, those results give plenty of reason for alarm.
No BPA …Now That’s Music to My Organic Lovin’ Ears!
In 1999, Eden Foods, which sells organic goods, began lining most of its cans with a plant-based oleoresin. CEO Michael Potter calls the switch a “no-brainer,” even though the new cans cost 14 percent more. “I eat this stuff,” he says. “And so do my kids.” Canning trade rep [John] Rost dismisses oleoresins as impractical due to shelf-life concerns, but Potter says Eden hasn’t had a single case of contamination. For high-acid foods like tomatoes, which can eat away at oleoresins, companies have turned to those paper-and-aluminum cartons already used to package certain soups. But Potter says he’s not surprised that major food companies and canners are resisting the new options. “They have hundreds of millions of dollars invested in BPA,” he says. “They do not want to change anything.”
I would like to call Michael Potter myself and thank him for being so faithful in his beliefs! My point in writing this article was to shed some light. I’ve come across many people that don’t believe they are being lied to but in fact, they most certainly are. The proof is right here: the very organization that claims they demand certain standards for foods to benefit us is allowing a chemical they know is harmful and life-threatening to continuously be consumed by us.
There is one thing we can do to save ourselves from the outrage and that’s be aware because Thanks to the FDA – BPA is Here to Stay.
Tips to live BPA free: Eat more organic foods and use more organic products because you won’t find any BPA in them. You can also choose glass over plastics. But if you are going to buy plastic, look for those that have “BPA Free” on the label.
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