Nancy Buermeyer is a Senior Policy Strategist for the Breast Cancer Fund. Nancy brings over twenty years of advocacy experience in Washington, DC, and leads the organization’s efforts to reform US chemical management policy, particularly to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and to implement the ban on phthalates in toys that was passed by Congress in 2008.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Convenience at What Cost?: The Connection Between Chemicals and Breast Cancer
After World War II, the United States experienced a chemical revolution. Stockpiles of chemicals developed to fight the war made their way into everyday commerce. Pesticides radically altered age-old agricultural and pest-control practices. Plastics brought modern conveniences into every kitchen. Synthetic chemicals made their way into our everyday products—from BPA in our food can linings to phthalates in our shampoo to flame retardants in our mattresses. It was better living through chemistry.