Lecture 14 - The Quiet Revolution in Plastics

author: John Wargo, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: April 29, 2012,   recorded: February 2010,   views: 2580
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Plastics are omnipresent but minimally understood and regulated in the United States. The lecture focuses on the dangers that chemicals in plastics pose to human health, particularly via leaching into food and water. Plastics are regulated by the Toxic Substance Control Act, which gives the Environmental Protection Agency the responsibility of testing to ensure that plastics do not adversely affect human health. When plastics can leach into food, the Food and Drug Administration can demand testing. Professor Wargo shows how oversights have led to limited labeling of hazardous plastics, which results in consumers having limited means of protecting themselves from harm.

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Wargo, Green Intelligence, chapter 17

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