Unpublished research from the FDA finds that PFAS, or “forever chemicals” have been detected in a sampling of food production facilities in multiple states across the country. PFAS are used in everyday settings. They're found in items like non-stick products, paints, cleaning supplies and food packaging. They last a long time in the environment and build up in the human body. The chemicals have been linked to high cholesterol, low birth weight, some forms of cancer and other health risks.
Class discussion: Are you concerned about chemicals in your food? What about the water you drink? What chemicals other than PFAS are showing up in your food and water? Do you think the government is doing enough to keep our food safe? Are America’s food and water safer than they were 50 years ago or 100 years ago? Have any chemicals helped make food or water safer? Have any chemicals made our food and water more dangerous?