Yes, there are BPA-free baby bottles. No, they’re not cheap or available in every neighborhood. And you’re right, your ‘to-do’ list should not include getting a degree in toxicology, deciphering cryptic labels, or spending hours (that you likely don’t have) researching and hunting down the safest products. As Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician and well-known author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, told parents at the Toxic Baby Bottle Swap and anti-BPA rally last week in east L.A.:
Because your job is to do other really important things like cook dinner, clean the house, raise your children, give them a good education. And while you’re sleeping at night, you hope the government is doing its job to regulate the dangers that your family is exposed to. And that is the reason behind [the Toxic-Free Babies and Toddlers Act].
Californians rallied for change
Earlier this month, EWG and a strong coalition of environmental and public health advocates joined over 150 Californians – and their children – to rally in Los Angeles and Sacramento to send their state Assembly members an important message – in BPA-free bottles (generously donated by Green to Grow). Good thing, too, since industry is doing its best to send an even louder message as it fights to save BPA. At the Toxic Baby Bottle Swap in east L.A., Dr. Tigner-Weekes of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, asked the crowd:
How many of you want your kid to be the guinea pig? Chemical companies manufacture their own papers to support their products. They will do anything for the bottom line: money. They dump their inferior products in the poor neighborhoods where alternatives are not available. It is expensive to be poor. And guess who benefits at our expense? The companies that make these inferior products.
It’s the same old David v. Galiath battle, where industry spins and spends its way to victory. But with recent wins in Connecticut, Minnesota and a number of local governments around the country, it’s clear that legislators are grasping the science of BPA, listening to their constituents, and voting to protect children. California should be next. It has a population of 38 million (having about 550,000 babies a year) and an economy large enough to drive market change.
Science should prevail in California BPA vote
As early as next week the California Assembly will vote on BPA. So we’re sending our own message to its members – especially those whose votes can make it happen:
Very soon you’ll be asked to vote on a bill that is extremely important for protecting the health of California’s children. You should pass Senator Pavley’s SB 797, the Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers Act, requires all baby bottles, sippy cups, formula cans, and baby food jars sold in California to be essentially free of the toxic hormone disruptor BPA (bisphenol-A). Why? Because:
Calling all Californians to send a message: A few key Assembly members need to hear from you – today. Their votes are critical to passing SB 797, and as Lisa Kaas Boyle said on The Huffington Post, “The fight is down to the wire.”
So pick up the phone, and make a few very important calls – it could make all the difference:
Speak up! This bill is strong, California is important, and BPA’s a known toxin whose time is up.