Judy Levin is the Pollution Prevention Director at the Center for Environmental Health. She has has worked in the non-profit arena for 25 years and is the author of numerous articles, purchaser guides, and more.
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March 15, 2017
You probably know that fast food is not “health food,” but you may not know that even the packaging in your fast food could be making you sick. According to a recent study , about 40% of the wrappers, containers and boxes used for fast food tested positive for fluorine, suggesting that they are made with highly flourinated chemicals. Some of these chemicals found in food packaging have been linked to serious diseases, including cancer, decreased fertility, immune and developmental health problems, and other illnesses. These findings are especially alarming given surveys that have found that...
February 29, 2012
We all know that sodas are full of sugar, buy you may be surprised (and grossed out) to find that a chemical called brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a patented flame retardant, has also been added to approximately 10% of sodas for decades in North America. No need to worry about your soda catching on fire! You might think that the health effects of an ingredient that’s used in a common food would be well studied. In the case of BVOs, that’s not so. There are remarkably few published research studies. But what do those few studies tell us about BVO’s health effects? Reduced fertility,...