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One Planet: What are the health effects of harmful chemicals in our food?


  US food safety regulations allow more than 10,000 chemicals to be added to a variety of foods.

The American Academy of Pediatrics cites decades of research documenting endocrine disruption and other adverse health effects. The group says current regulations and oversight are not sufficient. What do we need to know about the health effects of hidden chemicals in our food?


Maricel V. Maffini, scientist and independent consultant with more than 20 years of research experience in the fields of carcinogenesis, reproductive biology and endocrine disruption

Rachel Shaffer, co-author of the recent food additives policy statement and technical report, published on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Web Resource:

American Academy of Pediatrics: Food Additives and Child Health

New York Times: Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

PLoS Biol 15: We are what we eat: Regulatory gaps in the United States that put our health at risk.

The Guardian: Are we poisoning our children with plastic?


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.