If you don’t know about BPA and the mutations the chemical causes, read Nicholas Kristoff’s column. I posted this response on his blog.
Until recently I worked at a federal research facility for health sciences, and was told by a researcher that he knew 25 years ago BPA is mutagenic: it causes DNA to mutate, especially DNA associated with the reproductive system. The individual who conducted the research was unable to obtain grants for further study, the research shelved. Before calling for a Congressional investigation, though, the reason why is mundane, not conspiratorial: 25 years ago, no one wanted to know that the wonder chemical of the plastics industry might be dangerous. Heads firmly planted in the sand, Americans in general were too busy enjoying the Eternal Sunshine of Reagan’s Mind to ask about the consequences of our easier, softer way.
However, a worse crime is being committed right now, which should be investigated. Recent research has shown that the effects of BPA and other mutagenic chemicals tend to manifest like a wildfire in the second and third generations after exposure. The price of our demand for soft, colorful, throw-away materials will be paid by our children and grandchildren afflicted by mutilated genitals and vicious autoimmune diseases.
Let it be known, the people responsible for disguising and perpetuating this crime against humanity will be vilified tomorrow the same as the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany are today. From the industry cronies paid to deny the science, to the executives protecting their profit margins, the entire operation must be viewed as a crime if it is ever to be stopped. We’re already facing a holocaust of rampant deformities in our species, and in the rest of nature. Unfortunately, it is a day of reckoning long overdue.