We all want to eat healthy food, choose safe cleaning products, and carry out daily routines that promote good health and well-being for ourselves and our families. We select food that says “natural” or “free range.” We purchase consumer products that indicate the item is “eco-friendly,” “hypoallergenic,” or “gentle” for our skin. But are these labels trust-worthy
Unfortunately, there are many loopholes in current federal regulations that make it challenging for us, the consumer, to shop wisely. As a result, products sold in the U.S. contain dozens of ingredients and impurities with known health hazards. And this isn’t just affecting our health; it’s impacting our environment as well. New studies show that toxic ingredients are ending up in our drinking water, rivers and lakes and even in the sewage sludge spread on our food-producing farm fields.
So what can we do as consumers to protect ourselves and the environment? Read ingredients and choose products wisely, seek locally-grown food items, help pass smarter healthy-protective laws, and demand that companies fully disclose ingredients and support those that do.
In this section you will find more information about each stage of a woman’s development, as well as information on environmental contaminants found in food and consumer products.