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The Toxic Baby

We are surrounded by chemicals and the list of harmful exposure just seems to be growing daily.  Bisphenol A was banned in Canada in 2010, followed by the European Union in 2011.  The United States is currently debating its usage in plasticproducts such as baby bottles, but to date, you can still buy products with Bisphenol A in stores in America.

We all want the best for our future generations.  Here is a great video that explores some of the exposures and risks to todays generation.

Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child? So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.) Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story.