Be Very Afraid

December 19, 2007 at 1:08 pm 3 comments

As this article on Alternet shows, it’s not only important to be in the habit of checking nutrition labels of food but also to assume that 99.999% of products do not have your best interests at heart. Some of it is nonexistent standards in other countries (for imports) and another part is nonexistent or lapsed standards in this country (again, for imports)—

We now know what happens when illegal substances like lead are integrated into toys and shipped to the United States from China: They slip into the country past the eviscerated Consumer Product Safety Commission, whose sole toy inspector spends most of his time making sure toys don’t break in children’s hands, rather than assessing the toxic substances that may enter into their bodies. In fact, the CPSC’s budget has dropped in a more or less inverse proportion to U.S. toy manufacturers sourcing production in China….

U.S. influence has been slipping globally, diminished by a bellicose foreign policy, the rapidly dropping clout of the dollar and the quicksand of Iraq. But nowhere are Americans feeling this shrinking global presence more than in the realm of their safety from consumer products that can cause innumerous life-threatening health problems.

Don’t just go by these quotes; read the article for yourself for more information that affects your daily life.


Entry filed under: environment, food, for small kids, Forest Hills, health.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cindy  |  December 19, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    It’s a crazy world.

    Thanks for this post.

  • 2. Anne  |  December 19, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Related to this topic is that in order to know what company you are actually doing business with, you need to turn every consumer decision into a little research project. Burts Bees was recently acquired by Clorox, Ben and Jerry’s is owned by Unilever and Altria is the new name for Philip Morris. Now, I am not necessarily vilifying the parent companies or their practices, or putting all entrepreneurs on a pedestal, but it becomes tough to make good purchasing decisions, because the playing field is always shifting. The shifts, just as the problems referenced in the post are all caused by a green influence, ju$t the wrong kind.

  • 3. karbeth  |  December 19, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for the additional, and very valid, angle. You can’t be too careful. All of this will feed into the still-nascent buy-local movement.


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