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Sandra Steingraber, scholar in residence
More girls are showing signs of puberty at younger and younger ages, possibly due to chemicals in the environment. The New York Times reports that many parents have thought about taking extreme measures to protect their daughters from harmful chemicals. “I’m empathetic with parents in despair and wanting a sense of agency,” said Steingraber, an ecologist. “But this idea that we, as parents, should be scrutinizing labels and vetting birthday party goody bags — the idea that all of us in our homes should be acting as our own Environmental Protection Agencies and Departments of Interior — is just nuts. Even if we could read every label and scrutinize every product, our kids are in schools and running in and out of other people’s homes where there are brominated flame retardants on the furniture and pesticides used in the backyard.”

Outlet: New York Times
Publication Date: March 30, 2012
Headline: “Puberty before age 10: A new ‘normal’?

 


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