Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is a hot topic — one we know many moms are concerned about because BPA is everywhere!
Moderated by MCAF co-founder and senior director, Dominique Browning, this is a special opportunity to hear from renowned experts on an important family health issue.
WHAT: A conversation about BPA — what you need to know and an update on the latest research.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 17th 1pmET/10amPT
WHERE: Google+ Hangout
HOW: View the video LIVE HERE at 1pm on December 17th.
WHO: A discussion between Dr. Vandenberg and Dr. Vogel, moderated by Dominique Browning.
What is a Google+ Hangout? Learn more HERE
Please submit questions for Dr. Vandenberg or Dr. Vogel to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ using the hashtag #BPA101. We will select a handful of questions to be addressed at the event.
Can’t make it to the live Hangout? The video will live permanently on our video page after the event. Be sure to check it out!
What is BPA?
Starting in the 1950s, BPA was used in polycarbonate plastics, including water bottles, baby bottles, sippy cups, plastic dinnerware, toys, food can linings, dental sealants, and thermal paper products such as cash register receipts. Its production skyrocketed. By 2000, the US produced over 2 billion pounds of BPA annually, and global production was around 6 billion pounds. It is one of the most highly produced chemicals in the world. (For an exhaustive and enlightening discussion of the public health and policy issues surrounding BPA, see the new book by EDF’s Sarah Vogel.)
As BPA production expanded, so did BPA’s access to our bodies. The chemical is ubiquitous. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that BPA can be found in the bodies of nearly all Americans, as determined through urine tests of a representative sample of Americans in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, also called NHANES. BPA gets into our body through our food and water. We ingest it. It stays in our bodies for a relatively short amount of time – a couple of days. That the CDC found BPA in almost everyone means not only that exposure is widespread, but that it’s constant. Click here to learn about the latest research, suggesting BPA is still everywhere! We hope to see you at the Hangout! Cartoon: Danny Shanahan