I saw Nicholas Kristof's op-ed column about bisphenol A in The New York Times a few days ago, but I wasn't going to post a comment in the blog because he didn't appear to cover any new ground. But it's noteworthy that -- to Times readers at least -- the column seems to be getting a lot of attention. The column has been hovering near the top of the newspaper's Web site list of most popular stories most of the day. Since many readers look to Kristof for his opinion, here's what he has to say about BPA:
While the evidence isn't conclusive, it justifies precautions. In my family, we're cutting down on the use of those plastic containers that contain BPA to store or microwave food, and I'm drinking water out of a metal bottle now. In my reporting around the world, I've come to terms with the threats from warlords, bandits and tarantulas. But endocrine disrupting chemicals -- they give me the willies.BPA safety is a pretty high priority issue these days -- not as "hot" as global warming, of course. But between BPA and marine debris, there's no doubt that plastics will continue to face plenty of legislative, and regulatory, pressure in 2010.