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BPA Back Again

Bisphenol-A, commonly abbreviated BPA, has been in the news again recently, and, again, not for good reasons.  A new study out of the University of Exeter has linked high levels of BPA in adults with an increased risk of heart disease.  The Food and Drug Administration has asked for additional studies on the chemical and has begun to find ways to reduce the chemical in the food supply.

BPA is found in many household items, like plastic containers (with a seven in the recycling symbol), baby bottles, and food cans.  The chemical can mimic estrogen, causing reproductive mutations in the womb, and the FDA’s concerns cite possible brain, behavior, and prostate problems in fetuses, infants, and young children. BPA may be just one of many endocrine disruptors that accumulate in the environment and have been linked to intersex fish in several U.S. rivers.

To cut down on your exposure, don’t microwave plastic containers with a 7, and avoid food cans lined with BPA plastics.  

To learn more about BPA, check out the following links from National Geographic:

More about BPA can also be found at the FDA Web site

James Robertson

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Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media.

Assignments in 80 countries/territories included visits to a secret rebel base in Angola, Sahrawi camps in Algeria, and Wayana villages in the remote Amazon. Braun traveled with Nelson Mandela on the liberation leader’s Freedom Tour of North America, accompanied President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to their foundation’s projects in four African countries and Mexico, covered African peace talks chaired by Fidel Castro in Havana and Boutros Boutros-Ghali in Cairo, and collaborated with Angelina Jolie at World Refugee Day events in Washington, D.C. As a member of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, and media representative to the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration, he joined researchers on field inspections in many parts of the world.

Braun has been a longtime member/executive of journalist guilds, press clubs, and professional groups, including the National Press Club (Washington) and editorial committee of the Online Publishers Association. He served as WMA Magazine of the Year Awards judge (2010-2012), advisory board member of Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest (2012), and multimedia/communications affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers (2015-2017).

David Braun edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world.

He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience.

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Researchers, conservationists, and others share stories, insights and ideas about Our Changing Planet, Wildlife & Wild Spaces, and The Human Journey. More than 50,000 comments have been added to 10,000 posts. Explore the list alongside to dive deeper into some of the most popular categories of the National Geographic Society’s conversation platform Voices.

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