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Garden Hoses Contain Hazardous Phthalates and BPA

An article posted on AlterNet on Monday calls attention to a recent study which has found that the average household garden hose is laden with chemicals such as bisphenol A and phthalates at levels much higher than what has been determined "safe" by current legislation. Jill Richardson writes that while studies have been conducted which have determined the relative safety of everything from baby products to building materials, garden tools have frequently been overlooked. According to the article:

Canned Food Raised Reporters' BPA Levels by 2000%

In a startling report posted by TreeHugger today, the findings of a study conducted by a group of reporters in Sweden showed a very drastic change in the body's BPA levels brought about by the consumption of canned food. The reporters undertaking the study consumed food exclusively from cans for two days, taking urine samples both before and after. The results revealed an increase in BPA by about 2000%, a figure that stunned the reporters involved in the study. According to the article by A.K.

BPA Alternative in Paper Products Raises Concerns

Scientists have recently found that companies avoiding the use of bisphenol-A in their paper products are now replacing the infamous chemical with a different one, bisphenol-S. Concern exists regarding this new chemical because of its similarity to bisphenol-A, and scientists have called for research on the impacts the new chemical has on those who come into contact with it. An article in the Environmental Leader reports that the study found relatively large amounts of BPS in a range of products.

BPA Diminishes In Vitro Success

In an article released today on the Environmental Daily News, Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá and Wendy Hessler write about a study produced by Harvard University which has found that bisphenol-A exposure levels which are common to the general public may impact a woman's ability to concieve through the In Vitro process.

Common Garden Tools Found to Contain Toxic Chemicals

In an article on the Bangor Daily News website today, Matt Hickman of the Mother Nature Network reports that a new study has found garden implements such as gloves, hoses, and other tools, to be high in a number of chemicals including bisphenol-A and pthalates. The report, which was produced by HealthyStuff.org, stated that in a number of garden tools tested, chemical amounts were registered at dangerous levels. According to Hickman:

Ocean Now Contains 100 Times More Microplastic Than 1970s; Fish Ingesting Plastic, Too

Many people are familiar with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but few realize just how much its grown in the past thirty years. In a report published Tuesday, it's estimated that the amount of oceanic microplastic (plastic particles smaller than 5mm in diameter) has increased more than 100 times since the 1970s. Miriam Goldstein, a Ph.D.

Reusing Plastic Shopping Bags Can Make You Sick

Plastic bags are apparently worse for your health than previously thought. In a study published today in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, researchers explain how a reusable plastic shopping bag was responsible for transmitting a stomach flu virus between soccer teammates. It sounds unlikely, but the epidemiologists studying the small flu outbreak found that particles of bodily fluids (such as blood) can attach to an item like a plastic bag and live there for hours, days, or even weeks. In fact, that's exactly what happened.

Bisphenol A Study Hints at Breast Cancer Link

In an article published today by the San Francisco Chronicle, a new study suggests that bisphenol A has impacted the development of mammary glands in monkeys. The study found that monkeys fed a piece of fruit contaminated with bisphenol-A each day during their third trimester of pregnancy had female offspring which developed dense tissue, which in humans often leads to breast cancer. The article says:

BPA Exposure Could Lead To Breast Cancer

Despite the United States Food and Drug Administration's refusal to consider banning bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging, a study published on Monday by the National Academy of Sciences reveals that fetal exposure to BPA could lead to breast cancer.

How Chemicals Change Us

In an article published yesterday in the New York Times, reporter Nicholas D. Kristof writes about the effects of hormone mimicking chemicals, and the ubiquitous role they take in daily life. He discusses the lack of vigilance on the part of the United States Government in protecting consumers from big chemical companies, and the delay in the manifestation of side-effects that make these chemicals hard to trace. Kristof writes: 

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