"Burden of Proof” is an exhibit of Kentucky photographers, profiling three Kentucky women who shared their stories about toxic chemical exposures and expressed the need for safer, healthier non-toxic solutions. On October 11 from 6:00-8:00pm, KEF will be hosting an open house event at the exhibit's new location: Summit City Lounge in Whitesburg, KY. Please join us for an informal discussion to learn about ways in which you can minimize your risk of toxic chemical exposure.
The Breast Cancer Fund released a report today that reviewed over 60 scientific studies looking at prenatal exposures to the toxic chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA). The science is demonstrating an urgent need—while it is important to limit children’s exposure to BPA, prenatal exposures are an even more pressing concern. This report is a clarion call to legislators, manufacturers and all who care about public health that until we eliminate BPA from canned food, we are not protecting the next generation. BPA, found in most canned foods on our supermarket shelves, disrupts fetal development and sets the stage for later-life diseases, including breast cancer.
Exposure to environmental and industrial toxins affects us all, but to some the burden is harder to bear. This was the case for three Kentucky mothers, as expressed through the photo exhibit "Burden of Proof: Living with Toxic Chemicals." In order to promote the exhibit's message and spark conversation with legislators about chemical reform, KEF will be hosting a luncheon at the Cornerstone Art Gallery in Frankfort, KY on Friday June 28th. To RSVP send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Annette at (859) 985-0868.
Written by KEF Board Member Monica Unseld to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Find the original letter to the editor here.
In today's world, we spend so much time lobbying and criticizing our politicians for what we would like them to do that we often neglect to praise them for a job well done. I would like to publicly thank Reps. Mary Lou Marzian, Ruth Ann Palumbo, Joni L. Jenkins, Tom Riner and Susan Westrom for cosponsoring House Bill 287 and fighting for the health of Kentucky's families.
Had it passed, HB 287 would have helped to protect Kentuckians from the toxic chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, which is found in canned foods, beverage containers and even thermal receipt paper. BPA has been linked to numerous forms of cancer, reproductive issues, obesity, developmental disabilities and heart disease, all of which have impacted the lives of Kentucky families in some way.
HB 287 proposed to ban the manufacturing, sale and distribution of any reusable food container made with the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), including infant food or baby formula storage containers. Instead of BPA, manufacturers would have been required to use a non-toxic alternative.
I hope that this vital piece of legislation will gain more traction next semester and withstand the assault of opponents that are tied to the powerful chemical industry lobby. But in the meantime, I salute Marzian, Palumbo, Jenkins, Riner and Westrom for standing for Kentucky families.
MONICA UNSELD, PH.D.
Kentucky Environmental Foundation Board Member
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