Who says toxics are a problem?

Who says toxics are a problem?

The Endocrine Society.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
The World Health Organization.

As columnist Nicholas Kristoff wrote on Sunday for The New York Times, warnings about exposure to toxics from everyday products and their harm to reproductive health “now represents the medical mainstream.”  Virtually every pregnant woman in America has at least 43 different chemical contaminants in her body. Babies are born “pre-polluted.”

Kristof signs off with a sobering conclusion:

“The chemical lobby spent the equivalent of $121,000 per member of Congress last year, so expect chemical companies to enjoy strong quarterly profits, more boys to be born with hypospadias and more women to die unnecessarily of breast cancer.”

But Kristof might not know that here in Oregon, we’re not letting the strong opposition stop us. We have an amazing coalition of parents, businesses, health professionals and individuals. And together, we:

  • Passed the Toxic Free Kids Act in 2015, requiring manufacturers to first reveal, and then replace, toxics in children’s products.
  • Lead a “healthy purchasing coalition” of governments, universities and other major purchasers to choose safer alternatives.
  • Spread the word about reducing toxics in your home with a free Healthy Homes Checkup Kit and monthly “green living” tips with the latest news and science.
  • Team up with Safer States to insist that reform of federal law not only fixes serious problems, but works in partnership with state governments for the best possible health protections.
There is no doubt that industry is investing huge amounts of money to influence politics and protect the status quo. But we have parents, doctors, ethical businesses—and the future—on our side.
With support from Oregonians, we will one day have an Oregon in which all kids get a chance to reach their full potential, unhampered by toxics in everyday products.
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