Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Kennebec Journal Staff
As a young woman, I am greatly aware of the surplus of chemical products marketed constantly at society. Conscious of the harmful effects of these products, I try to make well-educated decisions about which products are safe to use, but that is not always a simple task. This is not a problem you can shop your way out of.
Our government needs to step in and pass strong chemical safety reforms to protect my health and the health of Maine's future generations. Children are most susceptible to the side effects of these harmful ingredients; evidence shows that Maine's rising rates of diabetes, asthma, and learning disabilities among children are directly linked to increased exposure to toxic chemicals.
Unavoidably, countermeasures need to be taken to alleviate and eventually prevent the consequences of toxic chemicals in our consumer products.
In order to be healthy, successful individuals, Maine people need control over the chemicals in their homes and in their environment.