Saturday, January 24, 2009

EPA a failure on chemicals, audit finds

EPA a failure on chemicals, audit finds - JSOnline We have got to get over the assumption that because a product is being sold, that it is safe for us. The onus is on us to take responsibility for our health and community, because as this article states, we can't count on the government to protect us. So often we blindly use products, drive past buildings belching black clouds of smoke, eat whatever, drink whatever, because we feel that "Hey, this stuff wouldn't be on the market if it wasn't safe right?" Wrong. In the same way that the financial markets have been loosely supervised in the last decade, the environmental protection agency appears to have also taken a "laissez faire" attitude towards enforcing regulations and conducting science based research. We are on our own. The good news is that once consumers start asking questions and demanding accountability, companies seem to move pretty quickly to meet our needs. So start thinking consciously about what you eat, drink, apply to your skin and hair, breathe in, work in, wear, drive, sit on and sleep on and speak up to retailers, landlords, employers, the media and your elected officials about your need for a safe and healthy environment and products. You can use the "Do the Write Thing" links on this website to communicate to your elected officials.

Wishing you a mindful year.


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