Toxic “forever chemicals” found in fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Toxic “forever chemicals” seem to be everywhere these days, from drinking water sources to breast milk. Now, it appears that the chemicals, also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have also found their way into fertilizers, according to a report published last month. The report was written by researchers from the Ecology Center and the Sierra Club, … Continue reading Toxic “forever chemicals” found in fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Scientists find toxic “forever chemicals” in home fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Many home gardeners buy compost or fertilizers to improve the quality of their soil. Unfortunately, some home fertilizers made from biosolids – nutrient-rich, organic materials derived from sewage sludge – contain alarmingly high levels of “forever chemicals,” or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Those are the findings of a recent report by scientists with Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in … Continue reading Scientists find toxic “forever chemicals” in home fertilizers made from sewage sludge

Concerning levels of “forever chemicals” found in 100% of breast milk samples

A new study that evaluated American women’s breast milk for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” has shown “cause for concern” in the levels found in all 50 samples analyzed. The study, first reported by The Guardian, showed that the chemicals were found at levels roughly 2,000 times higher than what experts consider safe. This is the … Continue reading Concerning levels of “forever chemicals” found in 100% of breast milk samples

Preservative in thousands of children’s food products found to damage immune system

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a paper recently that exposes a common food preservative for damaging the immune system. Tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, is added to more than 1,250 food products, many of them marketed for children. The latest data shows that it suppresses immunity, which is especially concerning during a global “pandemic.” Published on March … Continue reading Preservative in thousands of children’s food products found to damage immune system

EPA pledges to regulate PFAS in drinking water

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new action items that would put the agency one step closer to regulating “forever chemicals” in drinking water. The toxic chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), have contaminated drinking water in the U.S. over the past few decades. More than two years ago, a former EPA administrator … Continue reading EPA pledges to regulate PFAS in drinking water

A dose of toxic synthetic chemicals: Researchers detect “forever chemicals” in California’s drinking water

Drinking water sources serving 7.5 million Californians are contaminated with toxic synthetic chemicals, according to a study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization specializing in environmental research. These chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, are commonly called “forever chemicals,” as they are extremely resistant to degradation once they get released to the environment. Low doses … Continue reading A dose of toxic synthetic chemicals: Researchers detect “forever chemicals” in California’s drinking water

Fast food wrappers loaded with toxic, polluting chemicals

New research put out by Mind the Store and Toxic-Free Future warns that the fancy wrappers used at many fast food chains to hold burgers and fries are loaded with so-called “forever chemicals” that are both polluting and highly toxic to the body. PFAS, or polyfluoroalkyl substances, are used not only in food packaging but also in … Continue reading Fast food wrappers loaded with toxic, polluting chemicals

FDA finds cancer-inducing “forever chemicals” in common grocery foods

People looking to buy their favorite foods at grocery stores could also be getting “worrisome” chemicals on the side, according to food-test results released by the Food and Drug Administration. In the report, the regulators discovered that grocery store meats and seafood, and off-the-shelf chocolate cake contained substantial levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Nearly half … Continue reading FDA finds cancer-inducing “forever chemicals” in common grocery foods

FDA reports that PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” are NOT a health concern for customers, but other public health experts aren’t convinced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s main responsibility is ensuring that the food, drugs, cosmetics and other products sold in the country are safe for human health. Unfortunately, there are lots of ways they’re failing the public, especially when it comes to a group of chemicals known as PFAS. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, … Continue reading FDA reports that PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” are NOT a health concern for customers, but other public health experts aren’t convinced