Vinyl Chloride (aka PVC) in the Food We Eat

6 May
I just watched Blue Vinyl last night.  I thought I was going to be very disappointed with my film choice 5 minutes into the documentary that started with a Mickey Mouse voice narration and some folks changing the wood outside their house into blue vinyl – but after 10 minutes, I ran to get my pen and paper.  This was an excellent documentary about PVC. 
PVC is everywhere – in our houses, in our children’s toys, in the air and most concerning- in our food.  Low exposures to dioxins from the manufacture and disposal of PVC cause mutations thus tumors in our bodies.  Any molecule that is present in our bodies poses a risk of cancer. As a doctor from Columbia University said on the film: “Zero exposure is best”.  Dioxins affect EVERYONE – not only those who live near the factories that create PVC (i.e. Lake Charles, Louisiana and Venice, Italy).  “PVC is the worst plastic from an environmental health perspective, posing great environmental and health hazards in its manufacture, product life and disposal. ”  –  (My House is Your House is the consumer education and advocacy campaign tied to Blue Vinyl.)
So how do we avoid dioxin exposure?  The response is just up my alley – besides choosing not to buy anything PVC, it is to CHANGE OUR DIET.  According to the National Academy of Sciences:
“A North American eating a typical North American diet will receive 93% of their dioxin exposure from meat and dairy products (23% is from milk and dairy alone; the other large sources of exposure are beef, fish, pork, poultry and eggs). In fish, these toxins bioaccumulate up the food chain so that dioxin levels in fish are 100,000 times that of the surrounding environment. The best way to avoid dioxin exposure is to reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat and dairy products by adopting a vegan diet. “

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