1. i started canning my own food partly to avoid BPA, only to find that home caning lids are also lined with BPA. I’m hoping that because the food won’t touch the lids the exposure will be minimal, but i’m planning on stocking up on the new BPA free (albeit, more expensive) lids next year.

  2. Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t plastic invented by some crafty scientists tinkering in the lab with estrogen?

    Back when I was pregnant with my first son Moose, I eliminated all of our plasticware to glassware.

    I just wish I could find shatterproof glassware for toddlers. Ain’t that a million dollar idea.

    Plastic, BPA included, is the devil. I think the movement against BPS is well-overdue, but plastics in general should also be questioned.

  3. Thank you for this very important post. BPA is everywhere-there needs to be more regulation-and fast. Many of us can try to minimize our exposure through education and avoidance. But what about all the people out there who are not aware of the risks and continue to use plastics and other items laden with BPA. Someone needs to step up to the plate. Articles like this are crucial to spread the word. Thanks!

  4. Momnivores, the first plastics were created from cellulose, plant materials. Here is a really cool time-line of plastics, if you like that sort of thing :) http://inventors.about.com/od/pstartinventions/a/plastics.htm

    I had the privilege of being at one of the first talks presented by the woman who discovered the estrogenic effects of BPA. It is a cool story.

  5. It’s horrifying that the lobbyists and some politicians put money ahead of health. Completely typical and expected, but horrifying.

    We’ve made the switch to glass for most things, but what’s so hard for me is getting rid of canned foods. Do you know if there are BPA-free varieties, or is that not possible? Otherwise, I really need to step up my game to make my own frozen varieties of my favorite canned concoctions.

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    Lauren – I’ve started buying Eden Organics beans. They are BPA-free. I’m trying to start cooking dried beans and freezing them, but that hasn’t happened yet. I don’t know of any canned tomatoes that are BPA-free, but I have started buying Pomi Tomatoes in Tetrapak. It’s BPA-free, but the tomatoes aren’t organic, so it’s a toss-up. I don’t really do any other canned goods except beans and tomatoes, so I’m not sure about veggies.

  7. Thanks, that’s really helpful. I’ll check out Eden Organics. I have a lot of frozen tomatoes from my garden this summer (and they’re organic!), so it’s mostly the beans that get me. I have learned how to crock pot dried beans, but not how to flavor them the way they are in my favorite canned chili or baked beans. I guess I just need to get off my duff and research some recipes and then start freezing my own concoctions. Cans are just so easy, aren’t they?

  8. Crunchy Domestic Goddess, Pomi is considered organic because it is pesticide, herbicide and GMO free. The product is 100% all natural. Check out pomi.us.com

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