Lobbyists, Zombies, and BPA

Would you like some food with your BPA sir?

Lobbyists. Let’s face it, it’s only a matter of time before they replace zombies as the primary eaters of brains in popular culture. “What’s with the sudden talk of lobbyists and zombies?” You might be asking, well, let me tell you.

I stumbled upon this article in The Atlantic. It talks about a scientific study that was released showing the levels of BPA in canned food marketed to children, such as Campbell’s Disney Princess Cool Shapes, which seriously bummed me out because that’s like all I eat. The levels were reportedly 13 and 114 parts per billion. This might not seem like a lot, but supposedly that’s enough to mess with your cells, and I don’t appreciate people messing with my cells when I eat my Disney Princess Cool Shapes.

In response to this, the North American Metal Packaging Alliance, or NAMPA (cause their full name is a serious mouthful), released a press release that cited a study all about BPA and its affect on people. This study, conducted by the EPA, showed that there was no risk from ingesting BPA in both children and adults.

OR DID IT? The experiment included no children in the tests, and the researchers didn’t measure the amount of BPA in the food the subjects ate in the first place, so there’s no way of knowing if the BPA in their systems actually came from it or not. I guess they figured if they didn’t test the food for BPA, there wouldn’t be any in it!

If you don’t measure how much BPA the people in the study ate in the first place, how are you supposed to know how well their body handles it? Maybe they hired some more zombies to conduct this experiment. No experiment is needed to know that zombies aren’t the most innovative of thinkers.

But I digress, the rest of the article is all about how bad BPA is for you, and how NAMPA and other BPA using companies have tried their best to convince people otherwise by sending the dreaded lobbyists to keep it from getting banned outright.

You should go read that article I linked earlier if you haven’t already, I’ll even link it again if you don’t feel like scrolling up the page! Also, be sure to comment, or maybe send me a message via pigeon if you’re old school.




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