Gerald Markowitz on Untested New Chemicals
Bill Resnick talks with Gerald Markowitz of John Jay College, author of "You Are a Guinea Pig: How Americans Became Exposed to Biohazards in the Greatest Uncontrolled Experiment Ever Launched" as well as numerous other articles and books. They discuss the pervasive use of untested chemicals (over 80,000) in the USA. The CDC has tested about 200 of these chemicals and have discovered Teflon, BPA, and other endocrine disruptors and carcinogens accumulated in our bodies. They discuss the unknown effects not only of 99% of the chemicals in use, but also the unknown interactions among the different chemicals. Other unregulated materials in wide circulation include genetically modified bacteria and nanoparticles. They discuss proposed regulation that would require testing of these materials and the possibilities for mass movement on these issues.