University of California at Riverside philosophy professor Carl Cranor stepped into a different realm in his new book Legally Poisoned: How the Law Puts Us at Risk from Toxicants. But despite the fact that Cranor works in the philosophy department, not the law school, he appears to have done his legal homework. Just published by Harvard University Press, the book details the toxic chemicals people are exposed to daily from plastics, fabrics, cosmetics and other products. He contends, like so many others, that the government needs to require testing that would ensure the chemicals are safe before they can be used in such items.
Among the many chemicals that concern Cranor is Bisphenol A (BPA), used in plastic food and drink containers; he cites a panel that said BPA could contribute to breast cancer. He also discusses phthalates, a chemical in some lotions and cosmetics that may alter sexual development, in the book.
It’s just the latest piece of evidence in the case for reducing the amount of plastic humans are exposed to. Click here for more research on the impact of plastic on human health.