We are quietly becoming genetically modified by toxic chemicals. There are 80,000 chemicals legal to use in the USA.
We're the guinea pigs. The dumping ground for chemicals other countries won't touch.
From cosmetics including makeup, toothpaste and shampoo, to items ranging from household cleaners to fruit juice to cheese, harmful ingredients banned in the EU are legally allowed in the US.
We have a strong favoritism towards companies and manufacturers, to the extent that public health is being harmed. The pendulum has swung in an extreme way and it’s going to take an awakening by the public to reverse it. In cosmetics alone, the EU has banned or restricted more than 1,300 chemicals while the US has outlawed or curbed just 11.
The clout of powerful industry interests, combined with a regulatory system that demands a high level of proof of harm before any action is taken, has led to the American public being routinely exposed to chemicals that have been rubbed out of the lives of people in countries such as the UK, Germany and France. Why is this acceptable?! Why don't people care?
Consumers have to realize they have the power to become more vocal and demand change. You do this with your dollars. If you're on a budget you don't need to spend money on clean convenience. You will actually save money to make things yourself at home. Buy in bulk and save even more in the long run. Stop spending hundreds of dollars at Bath & Body Works and Yankee Candle every year and invest in some quality coconut oil/essential oils/ bulk organic grains, etc.
Some of the human health effects now linked to toxic chemical exposure include cancer, learning disorders, impaired immune function, reproductive dysfunction, and diabetes. The health effects resulting from exposure to multiple chemicals can be substantially greater than those resulting from exposure to a single chemical. These effects build over time and are synergistic.