Hazardous Houselhold Products – “A six-month investigation finds that the revolving door between government and the chemical industry has led the EPA to rely on easily manipulated research.” …
Hazardous Household Products: A Collusion Between Science & Industry
If you’re like most people, you probably feel that, with all the governmental agencies we hear about, and all the taxes we pay in this country, that we should be pretty safe from hazardous household products. Right? Really, it only makes sense that one of the main jobs of government should be to monitor what is being sold to the public so that the public can remain assured that what they’re buying in the supermarket and their department stores won’t injure them. Doesn’t it?
Here’s an interesting statistic, and it might bring you some pause. In Europe there are over 1400 chemical products that are absolutely banned from making an appearance in products sold for household use. In the United States … there are 10. That’s right. 10.
So, why the difference? Well, one answer might be found in the findings of a new investigative report done by environmental health and science journalists, Valerie Brown and Elizabeth Grossman, and supported by the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting. Their findings are scarey stuff. They indicate that there is not only collusion between chemical companies and the government designed to allow corporations to enforce an artificial bottom line by using chemicals that may be harmful in their products, but there is also collusion between the chemical industry and the science itself … the folks who do the testing … the “good guys” who are supposed to be “unbiased” … that has resulted in scientific findings designed to benefit the industry over the consumer.
A report on the findings of this investigation has just appeared on “Moyers and Company” over at BillMoyers.com. It’s an eye-opener.
BillMoyers.com Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:12:34 GMT
That the chemical industry exerts political influence is well documented. What our investigation reveals is that, 30 years ago, corporate interests began to control not just the political process but the science itself. Industry not only funds research to cast doubt on known environmental health hazards; it has also shaped an entire field of science — regulatory toxicology — to downplay the risk of toxic chemicals. …
Dangerous Chemicals In Household Products
With the Industrial Revolution and the subsequent advent of the “Chemical Age”, mankind made som vast leaps. As we are all aware today, some of those leaps took us so far so quickly that we paid scant attention to some of the “unintended consequences” that we still pay for today. Many of those have been addressed and addressed well. However, the big one we keep avoiding is that razor thin tightrope walk that balances the health of the public against the corporate bottom line. It’s an odd question: “Just how many people will corporate America be allowed to kill or make ill before they have to disturb their bottom line by using safer chemicals in their products?”. Seems a simple question. And the answer should be simple as well.
REMEMBER: in most cases, the manufacturer using dangerous chemicals in their products does not have to eliminate the product. They simply have to use safer chemicals which are available, but cost more. It’s not about getting rid of household products. It’s simply about making them safer. And about the “bottom line”. It’s always about that.