Perhaps the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity will have a secondary theme
Which lobbyist is snooping around? The first Big Brother Lobbyist looks to be "Personal Care Products Council"
I read through for a bit and personally love this statement:
Council Statement. Statement by Beth Lange, PhD, Chief Scientist Personal Care Products Council On The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ “Make Cosmetics without Cancer” CampaignDisheartened about the misinformation......
How many degrees separate the Petro chemical companies from the Personal Products Council?
None? I would bet there is no separation.
The pesticides industry has been accused of lobbying EU and US negotiators involved in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks, in an attempt to weaken the future regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).As we can see/understand/comprehend unless the populace becomes proactive and engaged, governments will continue to collude with the petro/chemical industry to carry on poisoning us all. Business as usual!
In its report, Lowest Common Denominator, the Center for International Environmental Law (Ciel) says the US pesticide industry body, CropLife, and its European counterpart, the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), are advocating a risk assessment approach to evaluation of endocrine disruptors, instead of what it calls the “more protective" EU approach.
“This position defies the wealth of information suggesting that EDCs break 'all the rules and assumptions that have guided toxicology through the era of modern chemical regulation'," the report reads.
The ECPA criticised the report, telling Chemical Watch that “the risk assessment process specifically considers vulnerable populations – such as infants and pregnant women – and applies large safety margins.” The current testing designed to assess pesticides in both the US and the EU use the "globally accepted" OECD toolbox of assays and tests for endocrine disruption, the ECPA says.More on the TTIP, undermining proposed EDC regulations
According to an article published September 9, 2014 by the European news provider EurActiv the new transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) could undermine EU legislative efforts regarding endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In the article Robert Pederson, food policy coordinator at the multi-stakeholder platform Arc2020, points out that the European Commission is currently considering a revision of the European pesticides legislation, thereby potentially facilitating the marketing of EDC-containing products. Further, Pederson reports on recent efforts by the U.S. and EU to seek a ‘harmonized approach’ on EDCs under the TTIP. In letters sent to the U.S. Trade Representative some industries have called the European ban of neonicotinoid, a specific class of pesticides suspected to harm especially bees, an “abuse of the precautionary principle”, Pederson illustrates. As a consequence he expresses concern that harmonization efforts may undermine European EDC legislation and the EDC criteria still to be decided on.And still more on the endocrine disruptors legislation being undermined by the TTIP
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) are found in a range of product from plastics used for packaging food and drinks to commonly used pesticides. EDCs or just EDs (endocrine disruptors) interfere with hormone systems in humans, animals and plants, and cause “adverse health effects in an intact organism, or its progeny, or (sub)populations” according to the position adopted by the WHO's International Programme on Chemical Safety. EDs are known or suspected to cause a number of health problems such as learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, cancer and are increasingly linked to obesity and metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes.
Delays producing criteria for identifying EDs were “justified because of the complexity of the issue, evolving science and diverging views among scientists and stakeholders.” However a senior EU official interpreted the delay differently: “The endocrine strategy was blocked because of lobbying by the cosmetics industry”, EurActiv reported. The fear is that, in light of impending trade agreements, a regulatory chill is already starting to bite.
The European Commission, in their revised strategy on EDs, is currently weighing whether to propose changing EU legislation governing the use of pesticides. Such a landmark volte-face would potentially make it much easier for companies to market products containing substances that affect human hormones.
This is a key demand by the ‘crop protection’ (agro-chemical/pesticide) industries on both sides of the Atlantic in US-EU trade talks. In May 2013, CropLife America, agro-chemical lobbyists, wrote to the US Trade Representative, citing the neonicotinoid ban as an example of the “abuse of the precautionary principle by the EU” and described the “categorisation of chemicals as endocrine disruptors currently taking place” as “highly problematic”. Stating that this “runs counter to the science-based risk assessment approach used by the US Environmental Protection Agency”.
In June 2014, the Commission published a roadmap, which contained an option to shift from the current EU approach of banning the use of all EDs in pesticides, towards a model that could allow them to be used as long as certain steps are taken to mitigate the risk.
Recently, it was announced that US and EU will seek a 'Harmonised Approach' on EDs in a pilot program. The initiative on EDs is one of three pilot programs on chemicals launched by the US and EU in parallel to TTIP. The other two programs, which are focused on chemicals screening and labeling, were announced by the EU following the sixth round of TTIP talks held in July.
A spokeswoman from the Environmental Protection Agency in the US, quoted in Inside US Trade, stated "Our goal is to have a harmonised approach to prioritization and screening of chemicals based on endocrine bioactivity and environmental exposure".
Although very little is known about what will be included in the pilot program due to secrecy arrangements, (= tyranny) the distinct possibility remains that the program will focus on finding a common approach toward the risk assessment of EDs. The overall aim of TTIP is after all to reduce barriers to trade. In this context, the potential is clearly there for negotiators to work towards minimisation of even the chance that the criteria and methods used in one jurisdiction could give a different result than in the other.
How will these efforts at harmonisation affect the Commission’s current review of legislation and policies on EDs, when criteria for EDs have not yet even been agreed? The context for this imbroglio is fraught. The Commission has still has not even agreed internally on what criteria should be used to define such substances.
It is still unclear even which Commission services/agencies from the EU will be involved in the ED program. The Commission's directorate-generals for Health & Consumers (DG SANCO) and the Environment (DG ENV), European Chemical Agency and European Food Safety Authority all play roles regulating EDs in the EU.
The Chemical Manipulation of Humanity-The key questions, to our policy makers at the Commission, our newly elected MEPs and Commission elects are: Why is the EU reviewing the legislation – is it to protect public health and the environment or to protect business interests? Will this mean even longer delays in regulating EDs, thus endangering our health and the health of ecosystems, both now and in the future?
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I know we all want a better world for our families, present day and those that will follow-
That's human nature.
If you are new to this topic start at the top and continue on down the line at your leisure:
- The Chemical Manipulation of Humanity
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- Testicular Cancer and Male Infertility- Endocrine Disruptors & the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity
- The Great Invasion- Endocrine Disruptors and the Chemical Manipulation of Humanity
- EDC's cause Oxidative Stress in Mother & Child- Raising Disease Risk- The Chemical Manipulation of Humanity
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