What can you do?
Education is the first step. The more we know about the risks and benefits of synthetic chemicals, the better our decisions will be. These resources on endocrine-disrupting chemicals can guide you on your own explorations and decisions.
The recent (May 6, 2010) President's Cancer Panel report on environmental pollutants and cancer is particularly illuminating and well worth reading. Download it here.
Visit this page to learn more about BPA.
As individuals, we have many choices to make that allow us to reduce our own personal exposure. For women and men of reproductive age, these choices are particularly critical. Yet it's always important to remember that personal choices alone won't protect us: political action is a necessity.
take political action
Personal choices can go a long way toward reducing exposure, but it's critical that we act as part of a larger community, particularly to protect those who lack access to alternative choices. Many families cannot afford organic foods, or do not know about potential risks. Without local, state, and federal action, we will make little progress toward a healthier environment.
You can take action in numerous ways: join organizations that share your goals; write to your local paper; educate your community; speak to your elected officials at hearings; run for office; join in shareholder activities to shape the activities of producers. Environmental Working Group has a page filled with ideas for concrete ways that you and your community can make a difference.
Examples: Learning what other communities have done to reduce exposure offers us inspiration and ideas: