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I have a Google news alert for the acronym “BPA.” Day after day I sit here and read about new dangers of bisphenol A (BPA).

This week alone there was a new study that found links BPA exposure to a change in the blood levels of thyroid and reproductive hormones in men. The study, done at an infertility clinic, found that “men with higher urine BPA concentrations had higher blood levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and lower levels of inhibin B.” Elevated FSH and lower inhibin B levels are related to lower sperm quality. Meanwhile, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network produced a report that shows there are toxic chemicals such as BPA “lurking” in men’s personal products.

There’s good news, too, of course like all the people who are trying to ban BPA for use in containers that touch our food and water. The Vermont legislature is the latest crusader in this fight, approving a measure this week that will remove BPA from reusable food and drink containers and in jars and cans that contain baby food and infant formula. An even bigger fight is going on this week as the U.S. Senate debates the The Food Safety Modernization Act, which, in a nutshell, was designed to boost food safety. The Act, which amends another act — the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act — gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services the ability to food more closely. Today, based on an amendment to the amendment (wow, confusing all these Acts, right?) from Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Food Safety Modernization Act would also ban BPA in all plastic food containers.

The chemical industry is, of course, saying this is overkill. That’s no surprise. But it has a few other detractors, too. Namely, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wow, right? The Atlantic has an excellent article discussing why this might be, but no matter the reason it’s pretty scary to me. And worrisome. These groups have a lot of lobbying power on the hill. They could absolutely derail this effort.

That’s where we come in. It’s up to us to contact our senators and tell them that we support this ban on BPA. It’s a matter of health. It’s a matter of our future. Still not convinced? Read this Fast Company article, The Real Story Behind Bisphenol A, that explains how it’s hurting us and how big business used Big Tobacco tactics to create a smoke shield, keeping the chemical in our packaging and in our bodies. I can’t imagine anyone could get through it without getting angry enough to do something about it.

Are you sick of hearing about BPA? If not, are you willing to call your senator? Here’s a link to a list of contact information that you can use to reach out to him or her. I’m about to do it myself, actually.

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