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|4/6/2013 - Every year, more than 100 billion plastic bottles are dumped into landfills, where they can take hundreds or even thousands of years to begin breaking down. In many cases, these plastic bottles never fully break down because traditional plastic materials are inedible to the soil microbes responsible...|
|4/4/2013 - Plastics have long been heralded as a "scientific" breakthrough, and in many ways, plastics really are amazing materials. For cars, prosthetics, computers and industrial uses, plastics offer enormous advantages over other materials.
But when it comes to health and food, plastics are devastatingly...|
|5/6/2011 - BPA, also known as bisphenol-A, is a chemical compound often used in the production of a large variety of plastics. The widespread use of BPA has come under public scrutiny due to known connection to a host of health problems, including heart complications, cancer, neurological issues, diabetes and...|
|4/11/2011 - Nobody wants to end up with a car that's a proverbial problem-plagued "lemon". But if you are looking for a truly green car, you might consider buying one in a couple of years that's made out of bananas or pineapples.
This isn't a joke, even if it does sound a bit fruity.
It turns out...|
|2/16/2011 - By now, most Natural News readers are familiar with the potential health hazards of plastic containers for foods and beverages. Harmful chemicals can leech into the foods or liquids in these containers and bottles. Of course, one remedy is to avoid plastic food containers and bags completely. But this...|
|7/1/2010 - The controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), already linked to a wide array of health problems, may also increase the risk of asthma in children, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
|6/17/2010 - Following its 2008 declaration that the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is a safe additive in food and beverage plastics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received criticism from consumer advocacy groups and others for neglecting scientific evidence that indicated the contrary. The agency reluctantly...|
|2/22/2010 - Infertility is not an easy issue for any couple to deal with. For some this miracle of life can become a daunting task, and a failure to conceive has been the cause of many separations. Research has shown that due to the increase of plastics being used infertility rates are on the rise. Recent research...|
|1/30/2010 - As the price for crude oil continues to rise over time, the cost of producing petroleum-based plastic products continues to rise with it. Alternatives such as bio-plastics, which currently cost more to produce than existing plastics, may someday become more cost effective than petroleum-based plastics.
|11/3/2009 - How's this for a B movie sci fi plot: evil scientists use chemicals to transform toddler girls into terrifying little monsters. Unfortunately, researchers have uncovered a real life scenario that has some serious similarities to this creepy fantasy. While there are no evil doing scientists or true monsters...|
|9/18/2008 - As Canada considers banning bisphenol A (BPA) in all infant products, a leading BPA researcher warns that even this unprecedented measure does not go far enough.
"If it's hard and clear and doesn't say 'No BPA,' don't use it," said Frederick vom Saal of the University of Missouri-Columbia.
|9/16/2008 - If you live in the U.S. and eat any packaged foods at all, you are probably also consuming the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA. Now, for the first time, scientists have made a startling discovery about the chemical that could help explain the epidemic of heart disease and diabetes in this country.
|8/28/2008 - In a move that surprised no one, the FDA has aligned itself with the chemical industry and declared that Bisphenol-A, a plastics chemical previously linked to neural defects, is safe enough for babies to drink! Echoing the profit-minded desires of the chemical companies that manufacture plastic products,...|
|8/9/2007 - Before you decide to chew on the cap of your water bottle because you're nervous, make sure the plastic you are chewing on isn't full of carcinogens and chemicals -- even though lobbyists for the plastics industry argue that any traces of the toxic substance bisphenol A are low and therefore, insubstantial.
|12/5/2006 - University of Missouri, Columbia biological sciences professor Fred vom Saal is determined to show that plastics corporations are just as dangerous as tobacco companies, and reports that one major chemical company tried to persuade him to hold off on publishing his research to that effect.
|8/28/2006 - New research appearing in the journal Chemistry & Biology has shown that a chemical found in harder plastics -- such as those used to make water cooler jugs and CD cases -- may promote breast cancer.
Researchers from Indiana University studied how bisphenol-A (BPA) may be more easily absorbed by...|
|8/24/2006 - A California start-up company has found a way to produce plastic items -- such as forks, knives, cups and food packaging -- from a cornstarch compound, rather than traditional petroleum-based compounds.
Frederic Scheer -- CEO of Santa Monica-based Cereplast -- found a way to make organic plastic...|
|7/6/2006 - According to a 2006 University of Illinois study, a synthetic molecule found in plastics known as bisphenol A (BPA), can react with a natural human estrogen while males are in the womb, and lead to a higher risk of prostate cancer later in life.
Laboratory rats were dosed with levels of BPA experienced...|
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