Federal Ban on BPA in Food Packaging Introduced in Congress

With the emergence of a number of scientific studies emerge regarding the health effects of bisphenol A, the case for bisphenol A's elimination from food products grows ever stronger. Recent studies have connected the chemical to a myriad of health problems, largely related to hormonal disruptions, and in light of these overwhelming studies, the case for eliminating bisphenol A from the food system has made it to Congress at last.

Students, Policymakers Look for Bag Ban in Santa Fe

A story in the Santa Fe New Mexican today tells the story of fifth grader Sofia Ortiz who, along with a group of twenty students, proposed to the city council to ban plastic bags in Santa Fe. Ortiz, founder of the Go Green Club at her elementary school, heard that the bag ban was being take to a vote and decided to speak up. According to writer Julie Ann Grimm:

Plastic Industry


Disposable plastics are big business, and the manufacturers behind them are spending billions to protect their industry. Following are some of the groups funded by, created by, or supportive of the plastic industry.

Chemical Industry Shifts on BPA After Spending Millions to Fight Legislation

From the New York Times, by Jeremy P. Jacobs

The ACC email that arrived Friday afternoon said there's no reason to worry aboutbisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and children's sippy cups because the controversial plastic additive is no longer used in those ...Read More.

5 Gyres: Convenience Can Break the Entire Ocean

By Stiv Wilson, 5 Gyres The weather has been great for science, but the wind is a bit slow for sailing. We're a bit crunched now, having to make up some miles that we lost when when hove-to, during the storm. Now, however, the seas are calm and the sky is cloudless. Life aboard is much easier though we're starting to run out of food staples.

Continue reading on the 5 Gyres blog.

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