Cost of Government Center’s Executive Director Mattie Duppler was in Roll Call this morning responding to a piece written by Senator Markey and Congresswomen Capps and Mengon their Ban Poisonous Additives Act. In part, the article reads:
Following last month’s news that the economy shrank nearly 3 percent in the first quarter of the year, the Senate has exerted no energy confronting the country’s economic challenges and instead sought to promote legislative solutions to problems that don’t exist.
Specifically, Senator Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced the deceitfully named Ban Poisonous Additives Act, targeting the compound bisphenol A (BPA). Representatives Lois Capps, D-Calif., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y. have crafted the same bill in the House.
To that end, the Senator and his House allies wrote a piece that ran in Roll Call promoting their legislation, which would ban the use of BPA in food and beverage containers. The piece trots out the usual canards that have yet to convince major regulatory bodies that BPA poses a threat; the Food and Drug Administration, along with Canada, New Zealand, Germany and even the United Nations (amongst others) have refused to accept the anti-BPA fervor as fact. Politicians are hard-pressed to explain how they are better equipped to make scientific determinations that regulatory experts have thus far rejected.
While the Ban Poisonous Additives Act may make for stirring floor speeches, the American people are focused on feeding their families. To make healthy choices on a budget, the federal government’s own literature proposes buying canned fruits and vegetables. The availability of non-perishable items has increased access to produce for underserved communities as well. Outlawing the practice that has expanded the opportunity for healthy alternatives to fresh food harms the populations that can least afford it. And to what end? The consequences of restricting food access are very real while the risks supposedly posed by BPA are supported through bombast, not evidence.
You can read the whole article HERE.