My Kids are Not Guinea Pigs

In 1976, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed by Congress, and it was supposed to give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to identify and regulate dangerous chemicals. The law was also supposed to require that the companies producing the chemicals give us enough information to assess the safety of their products in and around everyday items.

But the law “grandfathered in” 62,000 chemicals which were in use at the time it was enacted. The chemical companies could continue to sell those chemicals without safety testing, and most chemicals on the market today are among the original 62,000 – and have never been tested.

It’s time for serious reform in the Toxic Substances Control Act, and a new campaign by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), called I am Not a Guinea Pig, has the info you need in order to see that we need improvements to the current proposed bill and to let your representatives know that you care.

Protect All Americans From Toxic Chemicals

Toxic Chemicals Are Everywhere
There are ten of thousands of chemicals in your life, some of which can be harmful.
The Laws Aren’t Protecting Us
The current law, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, is old and ineffective.
You Can Help Change That
The Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, will help add important and necessary safeguards.

Head over to I am Not a Guinea Pig and educate yourself. Then spread the message. (Check out their Facebook Page as well.)

Because it’s high time that our kids are no longer guinea pigs for the chemical industry.

Derek Markham

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One thought on “My Kids are Not Guinea Pigs

  • I am particularly disappointed with this campaign. I think the larger problem we are facing is precisely that we have been using guinea pigs for decades and they haven’t served as reliable models for human safety. We have “tested” and deemed “safe” tens of thousands of chemicals on animals only to find that the some results are not accurate. It’s time to use human-relevant non-animal testing practices as outlined by the National Academy of Sciences report, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007.”

    The potential for TSCA reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The revised bill needs to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.

    I agree that we should use the latest science to assess chemicals. Instead of poisoning animals and attempting to apply that data to humans — which hasn’t worked out so far — we need to make sure a reformed TSCA relies on modern human cell and computer-based methods that provide more accurate data on how a chemical acts on cells and what the impact on human health may be.


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