June 2016 News Bulletin: the low-down on antibacterial soaps; more problems for Roundup

June 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Posted in News and Science Bulletins | Leave a comment

Ask An Expert: Are Antibacterial Soaps Actually Bad For Me? But while modern day antibacterial soaps have been marketed since the 1980s as the superior germ-fighting version of their Plain Jane counterparts, the last few years have seen a growing debate surrounding their effectiveness and even their safety. That debate has largely centered around the chemical triclosan, an antimicrobial that’s also found its way into everything from toothpastes to pet shampoo. (MedicalDaily.com)

Pesticides in Produce. Experts at Consumer Reports believe that organic is always the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment, and the people who grow our food. The risk from pesticides on conventional produce varies from very low to very high, depending on the type of produce and on the country where it’s grown. The differences can be dramatic. For instance, eating one serving of green beans from the U.S. is 200 times riskier than eating a serving of U.S.-grown broccoli. (Consumer Reports)

New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup. Until recently, the fight over Roundup has mostly focused on its active ingredient, glyphosate. But mounting evidence, including one study published in February, shows it’s not only glyphosate that’s dangerous, but also chemicals listed as “inert ingredients” in some formulations of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers. Though they have been in herbicides — and our environment — for decades, these chemicals have evaded scientific scrutiny and regulation in large part because the companies that make and use them have concealed their identity as trade secrets. (The Intercept)

Official EDCs statement confirms potency ‘not relevant’ for ID. The final version of the “consensus statement” on identification of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), agreed at a meeting of top scientific experts in Berlin, says that the controversial issue of potency “is not relevant” for the identification of a compound as an EDC. (Chemical Watch) | Full statement here: http://bit.ly/1O1AMh4.

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