Jessica Alba is apparently a really green gal from what I’ve read. And she showed that last week in D.C. when she “joined leading public health experts on Capitol Hill… to ask key Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847), recently introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).” She was there in her role as a spokesperson for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American Medical Association have all asked for federal reform on this important topic.
This proposed bill is highly needed and would do a ton to protect people from numerous toxic chemicals. “Due to out-of-date federal law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, consumers are often left in the dark on whether or not chemicals used in every day products are safe,” Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families writes.
“Like many other moms out there, I try to buy safe products for my family, but that can’t be the only solution. You can’t hire a team of scientists to do your shopping for you. At some point the government has to step in and ensure that chemicals are safe before our children are exposed to them. That’s why I’m delighted to join with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families to call on Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act,” Jessica Alba strongly said.
Of course, doctors, nurses, scientists, and citizens (and movie actresses and models) across the nation are concerned about a number of chemicals that have been linked to childhood cancer, infertility, learning and developmental disabilities and much more but are still being put into our products and daily lives. Think it’s time for Congress to take action yet?
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The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The revised bill should mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods. We need to ensure that chemical testing is in line with the 21st century and relies on modern, human cell and computer-based methods that provide accurate data on how a chemical acts and what the impact on human health may be.
agreed! thanks for the comment/thought