Chemical issues

For my civic issues post i choose to focus on something that is often over looked, chemicals. There are so many chemicals being used today in so many different way that we just aren’t seeing. Chemicals today are almost put int everything. The issue that I am focusing on today is chemicals in food. The chemicals companies are putting in their products are negatively affecting its consumers. There are many chemicals that we are using in our foods today. The breast cancer fund says “Modern food-production methods have opened major avenues of exposure to environmental carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting compounds. Pesticides sprayed on crops, antibiotics used on poultry, and hormones given to cattle expose consumers involuntarily to contaminants that become part of our bodies. Some of these exposures may increase breast cancer risk.” These chemicals are being used to try and preserve foods that a company is making. Companies also use chemicals in their food products to try and make it look better.

Animals are being feed antibiotics that can be harmful for humans to digest. There are many chemicals that are in these foods that are also leading to certain diseases and cancers. Also many times these chemicals can be found on farms. Many farms us harmful pesticides to try and keep their crops free of bugs and animals. These pesticides though are harmful for humans to digest To that, many things that food are keep in release chemicals as well. For example, Bisphenol A (BPA) can be found in reusable plastic food containers and the lining of food and beverage cans. Research shows that BPA exposure is linked to breast cancer, and has been shown to interfere with chemotherapy treatment for the disease. There needs to be a better way to farm without the use of these harmful pesticides. Many of the wrappings that these products are being packaged in contain harmful chemicals. In an article from ewg it states “New research based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals.’ The chemicals in these wrappings are extremely harmful to the consumer. The coating on the wrappers is what makes the chemicals bad to consume.

“Scientists from nonprofit research organizations including EWG, federal and state regulatory agencies, and academic institutions collaborated to collect and test samples of sandwich and pastry wrappers, french fry bags, pizza boxes, and other paper and paperboard products from 27 fast food chains and several local restaurants in five regions of the U.S. They found that of the 327 samples used to serve food, collected in 2014 and 2015, 40 percent tested positive for fluorine, a likely indicator of the compounds known as PFCs or PFAS chemicals.” These chemicals that are in these wrappers have been linked to causing cancer. There are ways to prevent this this though. There are organic ways to wrap these products. There is many ways to prevent these chemicals from being used, many of these companies though use them because they are cheap. If more companies tried to g o organic many lives could be saved.

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