The Guardian Introduces “Toxic America” Series
The Guardian has released “Toxic America,” a “major series to investigate the risks of contamination in our food, water, and cosmetics.” Articles in the series include:
- A comparison between the “stringent health and environment review” that the European Union will apply to foods edited using CRISPR-Cas9 and the perceived lack of regulation for similar foods in the United States;
- An examination of nanoparticles, “which are largely unregulated in the US,” and their use in foods;
- A discussion of additives “with industrial applications” banned in Europe but approved for use in the United States, such as materials that appear in “yoga mats, pesticides, hair straighteners, explosives and petroleum products”; and
- An interactive tool allowing readers to identify their grocery choices and purporting to inform them about “what additives, pesticides and antibiotics” are in their selections.