6 articles on chemicals and our health

The Guardian: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban. Internal government emails show actions similar to those by Bayer and lobbyists to kill a proposed ban in Thailand in 2019. Internal government emails reveal Monsanto owner Bayer AG and industry lobbyist CropLife America have been working closely with US officials to pressure Mexico into abandoning its intended ban on glyphosate, a pesticide linked to cancer that is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkillers.

The GuardianAm I going to regret it?’: forever chemicals dilemma for breastfeeding mothers. Many health experts and advocates say breastfeeding is the best choice for babies but the threat of passing on contamination from PFAS is prompting new questions.

UndarkA New Strategy to Reduce Suicide by Pesticide Poisoning. To address suicide rates in many developing countries, a WHO study urges national bans on hazardous pesticides. Globally, an estimated 110,000 to 168,000 lives are lost to this act every year, accounting for about 14 to 20 percent of overall suicides, according to a 2017 assessment in the Journal of Affective Disorders. A WHO-funded study published in December in The Lancet Global Health found that enacting such bans in 14 mostly developing countries could reduce suicide deaths by 28,000 people per year.

PennLivePA American Water sues manufacturers of toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’. One of Pennsylvania’s largest water utilities has sued 3M, DuPont and a host of other companies, alleging they knew — or should have known — that so-called “forever chemicals” they manufactured and distributed posed a hazard to the public.

New York Times: Annie’s Pledges to Purge a Class of Chemicals from its Mac and Cheese. The move comes nearly four years after a study showed that chemicals believed to cause health problems in children and reproductive issues in adults were found in mass-market macaroni and cheese packets. The 2017 study, which was funded by environmental advocacy groups and was not published in a peer-reviewed journal, discovered the chemicals in all 10 of the mac and cheese varieties it tested, though the brands were not identified. [No study link provided.]

CNNChemicals in plastics damage babies’ brains and must be banned immediately, expert group says. Synthetic chemicals called phthalates are damaging children’s brain development and therefore must be immediately banned from consumer products, according to a group of scientists and health professionals from Project TENDR.

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