CBS anchor Katie Couric said, "Twenty years ago,
one live birth in 20,000 showed signs of Autism; today, one child in 120
births suffers Autism. Scientists are not sure, but feel it has something
to do with chemicals in our environment."
Few Americans think about the details of adding 100 million
people to this country within 25 years. They think less of the consequences.
Anyone speaking about business and success along with stock market-celebrates
growth, more growth and endless growth.
The late economist Kenneth Boulding said, "The only
people that push for unlimited growth are madmen and economists."
He added, "Economics has been incurably growth-oriented
and addicted to everybody growing richer, even at the cost of exhaustion
of resources and pollution of the environment."
Who pays in our overpopulated America of 2010? Answer:
along with animals, plants and eco systems-our children!
- "Today at The University of Medicine and Dentistry
in Newark, Senator Frank Lautenberg was joined by EPA Administrator Lisa
Jackson, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and other environmental health experts
to examine the impact of toxic chemicals on children's health," reported <http://www.EnvironmentAmerica.org>www.EnvironmentAmerica.org .
- "The hearing comes as the Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee deliberates on the 'Safe Chemicals Act', a bill
sponsored by Senator Lautenberg that would fix current chemical policy
to better protect children and families from harmful chemicals."
- "The risk of doing nothing to better protect our
children from dangerous chemicals has become far too great," Senator
Lautenberg said. "The government lacks the basic tools to require
adequate testing in the lab. My legislation seeks to fix America's
broken system for regulating industrial chemicals. The 'Safe Chemicals
Act' would provide parents with assurances that the products they buy for
their families are safe."
- "It's absurd that everyday products like water bottles
and strollers could pose a toxic threat to our health. We know there's
a serious problem when buying a baby bottle for your child is risky business,"
said Dena Mottola Jaborska, Executive Director of Environment New Jersey.
"This hearing highlights the urgent need to pass comprehensive
- "Under current chemical policy, thousands of chemicals
on the market have not been proven safe, and many times have been linked
to diseases like obesity, learning disabilities, and cancer," reported
EnvironmentAmerica.org. "Industries are not required to prove
their products are safe; instead they are allowed to use these chemicals
until they are proven unsafe by the EPA-a standard for which even asbestos
does not qualify. Additionally, chemical industries are allowed to use
these same chemicals without disclosing them to the general public.
- "Environment New Jersey and Environment America
want industries to be required to disclose all chemicals they use and prove
that the chemicals they use are safe before they hit the market, while
phasing out the use of the most toxic chemicals entirely."
- As of 2010, with over 80,000 chemicals created by humanity,
a scant two percent undergo testing to determine safety or non-toxicity.
Thus, cancer rates grow, birth defects add up, water purity degrades, air
purity drops and soil balance continues to break down.
- "Almost every day we read about a new, toxic threat
in our households. It's time to keep these dangerous chemicals out
of our homes in the first place," Mottola Jaborska said. "We
need to pass the 'Safe Chemicals Act' now."
- You might be interested in a book by Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Living
Downstream, about how companies exhaust their chemicals into rivers, land
and the air. She contracted cancer at an early age. That inspired her toward
a Ph.D. to investigate how humans inject chemicals into the environment
and the ultimate consequences.
- Book reviewer Glenn D'Alesso said, "With her heart
and science, Ms. Steingraber gives us the history of how products (including
agricultural ones) made of natural chemicals increasingly have been remade
with synthetic chemicals since the last two world wars. Restrictions on
newly created dangerous chemicals were not considered for fear of causing
another post war depression after 1945. Some of the synthetic chemicals
find their ways into our cells by being similar enough to natural hormones,
yet alien enough, that our bodies' defense mechanisms are fooled, sometimes
becoming cannibalized to turn malignantly against us.
- "She gives us a scientifically based (with nearly
300 references) ecological picture of what's going on to needlessly make
some people sick and die. There are approximately 7,500 synthetic chemicals
in use. Usually these risks are calculated only after exceedingly high
percentages of us die.
- "Some chemicals like Benzene (an additive to gasoline)
despite being known carcinogens, are still allowed to be used. Instead
of using us as guinea pigs, Steingraber explains, the "precautionary
principle" should be adopted. This means new chemicals should be tested
for what harm they may cause. Absolute proof, usually a body count is not
necessary. "Reverse onus," is a similar principle, meaning chemicals
should be demonstrated to be safe. For dangerous chemicals that seem indispensable,
"least toxic alternatives" should be developed. For example,
there are already alternatives to using chlorine for eliminating pathogens
in our drinking water."
- "Ms. Steingraber grew up fast after innocently HAVING
BEEN GIVEN CANCER at a young age. Perhaps that's why she cherishes children,
who are more susceptible to carcinogens than adults. Our government only
sets standards for carcinogens based on adults' more sluggish metabolisms
-- that is, when "economics" doesn't override human health."
- "Walking along the toxic yet beautiful Illinois
River with her sister's children, Ms Steingraber points out the absurdity
of the EPA writing reports about keeping children away from that river.
Rivers are like The Wind in the Willows to children, even when the wind
is poisoned, and willows, most ducks or talking toads don't live there
anymore. Instead of letting us continue to ignore these problems she offers
this advice, "Maybe we adults need only demonstrate an attitude of
passionate attention about where we live."
- Cancers in all forms kill more Americans and more humans
around the planet than any other cause except old age. Chemicals cause
aberrant cell behavior as well as DNA mutations. Can we even begin to understand
the amount of chemicals released into the air, water and land with an added
100 million Americans? Will future generations enjoy a pristine environment?
Not a chance!
- Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents
- from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA,
coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic
Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population
Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church
groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world
population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author
of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies
available: 1 888 280 7715