Plastics and Bisphenol A: Should We Trust the Government? Essays
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The topic of this paper revolves around the controversy of a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA. Do plastic food contact materials containing BPA pose any hazard to human health? The controversy has been around for many years but was sparked by new research in the last few years. Today, with new developments in biomedical technology, scientists are able to examine BPA in a whole new level and far more in-depth than they were decades ago. The availability of access to information technology is also another factor that raises concerns and makes us become more aware of the risks this chemical poses. This topic was chosen because of my personal interest in this matter and also because this topic is considerably relevant in our everyday…show more content…
Personally, if there is a potential risk that could compromise my well being, I would want to know and try to do everything I can not only to protect myself but also my loved ones. The year 1891 was the time when bisphenol A was first synthesized to be used as a synthetic estrogen (Hallberg et al, 2008). After its properties were identified, BPA was initially used to assist women managing uneasy pregnancies in the 1930s. Other properties were not discovered until the 1950s, the year when BPA was used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics and resins.
BPA can be found in plastics assigned with the recycle number of 7 and the lining of canned goods. Products of this designation number usually appear as clear and hard plastics, which represent most of our stuff in the kitchen—bottles, containers, disposable utensils, etc. Besides bisphenol A, there are other types of phthalates, chemicals used as softening agents for manufacturing soft plastics that are identified as endocrine disrupters. Endocrine disrupters have been studied for decades in order to find links between the chemicals and negative health effects. Though not all materials contain either BPA or phthalates, some types of plastics are still as dangerous as those made with the chemical. Currently, the global annual production of BPA exceeds seven billion pounds and seems to be growing. I am not surprised why the chemical and plastics industries are trying very hard to deter new rules