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Healthy Child's Legacy -- and Future

Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 17:17:08 in Impact

“The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The Safe Chemicals Act should mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods. We need to ensure that chemical testing is in line with the 21st century and relies on modern, human cell and computer-based methods that provide accurate data on how a chemical acts and what the impact on human health may be.”
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No More Spitting in the Wind

Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 16:02:24 in Parents

“The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The revised bill should mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods. We need to ensure that chemical testing is in line with the 21st century and relies on modern, human cell and computer-based methods that provide accurate data on how a chemical acts and what the impact on human health may be.”
America's Moms Are Watching U.S. Senate: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act!

America's Moms Are Watching U.S. Senate: Pass the Safe Chemicals Act!

Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 16:00:52 in Parents

“The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The revised bill should mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods. We need to ensure that chemical testing is in line with the 21st century and relies on modern, human cell and computer-based methods that provide accurate data on how a chemical acts and what the impact on human health may be.”
It's Time to Tell Congress: No More Toxic Chemicals in Our Products!

It's Time to Tell Congress: No More Toxic Chemicals in Our Products!

Commented Oct 3, 2011 at 16:52:07 in Green

“The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment - and to bring the latest lipstick shade to the market. The revised bill should mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods. We need to ensure that chemical testing is in line with the 21st century and relies on modern, human cell and computer-based methods that provide accurate data on how a chemical acts and what the impact on human health may be.”

ldelp84227 on Oct 4, 2011 at 21:55:31

“People all over the world have been seriously affected by these products. I am tired of migraines when someone else wears something that is not safe. We have no control over what a neighbor uses or someone at work. That is why most with problems with chemicals in our products such as irritant induced asthma, chemical sensitivity, reactive airways disease, migraines, vomiting, etc. Even some toothpaste have pesticides in it. If we put pesticides in something someone was to put in their mouth we would be in trouble. What is the difference. It is crazy that these laws have dragged for so long. The TSCA was adapted in the 70's but no one bothered to enforce it.”
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Pediatricians: Toxics Endanger Kids Health

Commented May 6, 2011 at 14:32:32 in Green

“The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The revised bill should mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods. We need to ensure that chemical testing is in line with the 21st century and relies on modern, human cell and computer-based methods that provide accurate data on how a chemical acts and what the impact on human health may be.”
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"Safe Chemicals Act of 2011" Introduced

Commented Apr 22, 2011 at 17:43:00 in Green

“The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The revised bill should mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods. We need to ensure that chemical testing is in line with the 21st century and relies on modern, human cell and computer-based methods that provide accurate data on how a chemical acts and what the impact on human health may be.”
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Testifying to Congress: It's Time to Keep Our Families Safe from Toxic Chemicals

Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 16:36:24 in Green

“Dr. Beinecke, thank you for your testimony today. When you mentioned the use of computational toxicological methods I thought you were right on. The potential for TSCA reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. The revised bill needs to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.

I agree that we should use the latest science to assess chemicals. Instead of poisoning animals and attempting to apply that data to humans — which hasn’t worked out so far — we need to make sure a reformed TSCA relies on modern human cell and computer-based methods that provide more accurate data on how a chemical acts on cells and what the impact on human health may be.”
A Green New Year's Resolution: Quit the Pesticide Man

A Green New Year's Resolution: Quit the Pesticide Man

Commented Jan 5, 2011 at 16:12:07 in Green

“Chemical testing for pesticides, industrial products, and cosmetics should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment.

I agree that we should use the latest science to assess chemicals. Instead of poisoning animals and attempting to apply that data to humans — which hasn’t worked out so far — we need to make sure a reformed process relies on modern human cell and computer-based methods that provide more accurate data on how a chemical acts on cells and what the impact on human health may be. Additionally, nonanimal computational toxicology addresses the chemical mixtures discussed above and does so in a way that is financially prudent and time relevant.”
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What Price Beauty? New Legislation Seeks Safety Regulations

Commented Sep 20, 2010 at 18:16:27 in Healthy Living

“The larger problem we are facing is that we have "tested" and deemed "safe" tens of thousands of chemicals on animals only to find that the many results are not accurate in humans. It's time to use human-relevant non-animal testing practices as outlined by the National Academy of Sciences report, "Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007."

The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health. We need Congress to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.”
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Why We Made the Story of Cosmetics

Commented Aug 4, 2010 at 16:34:44 in Green

“I think it's important to remember that not only did this all begin based on the 1950s mindset, as is stated at the 4 min 47 second mark, but so too are the test methods we use to evaluate these chemicals.

The larger problem we are facing is that we have "tested" and deemed "safe" tens of thousands of chemicals on animals only to find that the some results are not accurate. It's time to use human-relevant non-animal testing practices as outlined by the National Academy of Sciences report, "Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007."

The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. We need Congress to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.”
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Let's move the Safe Cosmetics bill

Commented Jul 23, 2010 at 13:05:24 in Healthy Living

“The larger problem we are facing is that we have "tested" and deemed "safe" tens of thousands of chemicals on animals only to find that the some results are not accurate. It's time to use human-relevant non-animal testing practices as outlined by the National Academy of Sciences report, "Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007."

The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. We need Congress to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.”
<i>The Story of Cosmetics</i>: What's <i>Really</i> in Your Personal Care Products?

The Story of Cosmetics: What's Really in Your Personal Care Products?

Commented Jul 21, 2010 at 18:16:34 in Green

“I think it's important to remember that not only did this all begin based on the 1950s mindset, as is stated at the 4 min 47 second mark, but so too are the test methods we use to evaluate these chemicals.

The larger problem we are facing is that we have "tested" and deemed "safe" tens of thousands of chemicals on animals only to find that the some results are not accurate. It's time to use human-relevant non-animal testing practices as outlined by the National Academy of Sciences report, "Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007."

The potential for chemical reform is quite exciting, but it should be done in a way that doesn’t sacrifice millions of animals (for toxicity testing) in the name of better protection for human health and the environment. We need Congress to mandate and create market incentives to use nonanimal methods and tests.”

vippy on Jul 22, 2010 at 09:51:21

“Congress and doing the right thing, an anomaly for sure!”
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CHEMICALS REGULATION REFORM: What We - and EPA - Need to Know

Commented Apr 20, 2010 at 17:11:41 in Green

“Making industrial chemicals safer is something we can all support. However, if we want safer chemicals and a safer environment then we must use nonanimal methods of testing.

From what I've read on www.reformtoxicitytesting.org/ many toxicity tests are based on experiments in animals and use methods that were developed as long ago as the 1930’s; they and are slow, inaccurate, open to uncertainty and manipulation, and do not adequately protect human health. These tests take anywhere from months to years, and tens of thousands to millions of dollars to perform. More importantly, the current testing paradigm has a poor record in predicting effects in humans and an even poorer record in leading to actual regulation of dangerous chemicals.

The blueprint for the development and implementation of nonanimal testing is the National Academy of Sciences report, "Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy in 2007." This report calls for a shift away from animal use in toxicity testing. The report also concludes that human cell- and computer-based approaches are the best way to protect human health because they allow us to understand more quickly and accurately the varied effects that chemicals can have on different groups of people. They are also more affordable and more humane.

These methods are ideal for assessing the real world scenarios such as mixtures of chemicals, which have proven problematic using animal-based test methods. And, they're the only way we can assess all chemicals on the market.”
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Oh That Chemical Feeling

Commented Feb 12, 2010 at 18:29:33 in Green

“I think one of the most important things this bill can do to protect us is to include nonanimal methods of testing.

Currently, many toxicity tests are based on experiments in animals and use methods that were developed as long ago as the 1930’s; they and are slow, inaccurate, open to uncertainty and manipulation, and do not adequately protect human health. These tests take anywhere from months to years, and tens of thousands to millions of dollars to perform. More importantly, the current testing paradigm has a poor record in predicting effects in humans and an even poorer record in leading to actual regulation of dangerous chemicals.

Alternatives to animal testing exist in a powerful way and many scientists advocate them. If we want to see true changes in our health we must reform the ways we conduct science.”
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A Chance for Sensible Chemical Regulatory Reform

Commented Feb 2, 2010 at 22:35:49 in Green

“Thanks Rick for posting this article. I think you are absolutely correct that "Congress should now seize the opportunity to modernize chemical regulations to reflect current scientific knowledge and engineering."

To your point specifically, in order to ensure that we really fix this problem we must include modern science language, which necessarily utilizes non-animal methods, in this bill; otherwise we'll have another outdated bill on our hands.

Currently, many toxicity tests are based on experiments in animals and use methods that were developed as long ago as the 1930’s; they and are slow, inaccurate, open to uncertainty and manipulation, and do not adequately protect human health. These tests take anywhere from months to years, and tens of thousands to millions of dollars to perform. More importantly, the current testing paradigm has a poor record in predicting effects in humans and an even poorer record in leading to actual regulation of dangerous chemicals. This is the status quo and this needs to change.

Alternatives to animal testing exist in a powerful way and many scientists advocate them. Chemical reform should not only modernize policy, but modernize the science that supports that policy. Let's ensure chemical reform uses all the necessary tools to truly make humans, our environment, and animals safe.”

SWFrank on Feb 4, 2010 at 12:51:58

“I was confused when I first read Rick Haggard's blog, because I had never heard of the Green Industry Alliance. I assumed (as I'm betting many others did) that the Alliance was composed of businesses who call themselves 'green' because they are interested in sustainability. I was wrong: The Green Industry Alliance is a trade group for golf course managers and landscapers -- a very different take on green. You can find out more about them here: http://www.greenindustryalliance.com/members.htm

Casts a whole different light on Mr. Haggard's point of view.”
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Fixing Our Broken Chemicals Policy

Commented Dec 10, 2009 at 15:08:57 in Home

“Thanks Ms. Grossman, for posting something about keeping our kids safe. I think making industrial chemicals safe for infants and children is something we can all get behind.

You made a couple references about "testing" these chemicals. I think that this is the key component of the issue. Currently, many toxicity tests are based on experiments in animals and use methods that were developed as long ago as the 1930’s; they and are slow, inaccurate, open to uncertainty and manipulation, and do not adequately protect human health. These tests take anywhere from months to years, and tens of thousands to millions of dollars to perform. More importantly, the current testing paradigm has a poor record in predicting effects in humans and an even poorer record in leading to actual regulation of dangerous chemicals.

To ensure that we really fix this problem we must include modern science language, which necessarily utilizes non-animal methods, in this bill; otherwise we'll have another outdated bill on our hands. Alternatives to animal testing exist in a powerful way and many scientists advocate them. Chemical reform should not only modernize policy, but modernize the science that supports that policy.”