Okay, war sound harsh but it’s a battle of sorts. Is BPA safe or isn’t it? Is it a myth that BPA is harmful and the media is fooling us because we don’t have the facts?  Well, according to Mom Style News or Mom Myth Busters (same author), yes. If you follow me on twitter you might know, Friday there was a big twitter debate going on over this. The Good Human, Safe Mama, To Think and Nature Mom , twittered their opinion.

Here is it is folks, BPA might not kill you if your child drinks out of a sippy cup or has some canned food lined with BPA. Sure, I conceded to this. BPA is a chemical and the FDA and EPA has limits of safety so companies use this and then hide behind it, because they can. Companies that have gone with BPA free products have done so because of consumer demands. Why are consumers demanding this? Duh, because there are risks. Who’s most at risk? The fetus, infants and children are most at risk. Even the reports sited by Mom Style News don’t discount that, she just says they are minimal. Well, my son has a minimal risk of getting hit on our road when he crosses it because of the traffic statistics or what I observe. So I should let him just take that “minimal” risk. It’s just a possibility and not a fact! That’s how ridiculous this debate is!  Here are the facts that have led ME to know that choosing BPA FREE is the right thing to do and since Mom Style News is all about the facts and going by what the facts are and not just reading mommy blogs (which I love, support, read and rely on) here it is…

FACT: The government sources are basing their decisions and statements on assessments with hundreds of flaws and errors. The FDA has based it’s decision on two studies, funded by the plastics industry.

FACT: BPA can leach out of bottle, sippys or any plastic just from a hot soapy wash in a sink or dishwasher. The scratches expose the chemical. Source:  LA Times. Mom Style News states:

“As for your baby. As long as you are not feeding your baby boiling liquids your little baby buggy bumper will be just fine, even if she drinks from a BPA bottle.”

This is not a fact and is not true at all.

FACT: Doctors and Scientists with no ties to the government or chemical industries are pointing out the scientific facts of there being risks and the dangers.

“These hormones control the development of the brain, the reproductive system and many other systems in the developing fetus,” says Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D., a developmental biologist at the University of Missouri. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can duplicate, block or exaggerate hormonal responses. “The most harm is to the unborn or newborn child,” vom Saal says. Source: Green Guide

FACT: The National Toxicology Program is planning a future evaluation of BPA but thus far has concluded  there are risks. There are enough harmful “possibilities” to warrant further studies.  Source:  Transcript from NTP Meeting dated June 11-12, 2008

FACT: The FDA is not yet completed it’s review of BPA and is only currently saying it is safe but admits to having more studies to review. The FDA still admits repeatedly that there is minimal concern, there are possibilities and limited evidence showing BPA is NOT safe. The FDA concedes that more studies are needed to conclude the health implications. Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human services

FACT: Canada has banned BPA to help keep because they don’t want the potential risk of harming their citizens. Canada has a different approach to chemicals with a chemical eco-action approach.

FACT: The United States, in the past, has used other toxic substances, such as lead, for manufacturing purposes, despite leads toxic history.

FACT: Money is the bottom line. Industry funded studies sway reports and are at the steering wheel of government assessments.

EWG finds in the report many examples of arbitrary and inconsistent application of scientific criteria to BPA studies in the report. In comments, EWG notes that the expert panel found 70% of industry-funded and only 30% of non-industry funded studies to be adequate for purposes of assessing BPA toxicity; the panel rejects independent studies at 3 times the rate of industry funded studies.

FACT: Work Group for Safe Markets is calling for an immediate phase out of BPA because of independent studies supporting the leaching of BPA from baby bottle. Source:  Consumers Report

FACT:  http://www.bpafacts.org/and http://www.factsonplastic.com is funded and supported by the Chemisty Council.

FACT: http://www.coalitionforconsumerchoice.org is supported by those in the industry using BPA in their products (American Chemistry Council, Am. Electronics Ass’n, Toy Industry Ass’n, Playtex (polycarbonate bottle), Munchkin, Evenflo)

FACT:  Plastic makes up 12% of our trash so cutting back on using the plastic WILL help the environment.  Source: Time Magazine

It’s important to understand the time line of BPA and how this chemical has evolved, how it’s used in packaging, how it comes in contact with our food and why it’s imperative it be phased out. Think about these points…

Think: Why would the plastic industry confess and say they wanted to stop using BPA? Why would they volunteer to stop using BPA? Why are they funding campaigns to keep BPA in the industry? It has to do with money not our safety.

Think: How much money it would cost the FDA, companies or any source sited by Mom Style News to admit that BPA is bad. Look at the law suits companies like Gerber are facing because of this now.

Think: If there are alternatives, non-toxic and safe sources of giving our children food or bottles, why shouldn’t we advocate and demand these?

Think: What is wrong with glass bottles or storage container?

Think: Is it just one chemical like BPA or a compilation of chemicals and toxins? Do we need to rid as many toxins and chemicals as possible from our environment to keep Mother Earth and us healthy? Just because plastics were invented and are convenient doesn’t make them good for us, like the industry wants us to believe.

My final thought: Is it worth waiting until the FDA, EPA and any other governmental regulation says that BPA is dangerous and hazardous? If reports and studies that aren’t biased and are not influenced by money are telling us there is a potential or minimal risk, why put our children at risk when there are alternatives?  I can let my son cross the road with me and be safer or without me and have a potential accident.

Understand this:

I am not extreme.

I believe in moderation.

I know we can’t avoid chemicals in our lives or plastics all the time.

I understand that media is a business and blows things out of proportion, sometimes.

I know that the plastic industry and the chemical industry don’t have my health as their top priority but their wallet.

I also know, the FDA, EPA, and all other government sources have biases, industry funding and for the love of GOD they aren’t always honest or trustworthy.

So use what you want. Do what you feel is right for your family and yes, make an informed decision. I will choose to use glass containers, glass bottles, BPA FREE plastic and advocate and support for a ban of all BPA.

For some excellent resources and a project that I’m currently supporting and working on please visit, BPA Project. Please visit my review of BPA Free Sippy Cups for safer alterntives and tips for avoiding BPA, written by a medical professional.

Why not? Great tips for free!

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