I read alarming statistics on cancer rates and fertility rates as they relate to chemical use all the time. Those statistics are part of the reason I wanted to build this company in the first place. Priority one is to create delicious, good-for-you food for children, inspired by feeding my own. Priority number two is to contribute to a positive movement that is taking back our food from becoming science experiments, with us lined up as the guinea pigs. Fortunately for me, while I tackle the food, other like minded companies are working on the chemicals in cleaning products and everyday goods.
In this month’s Honest Company Blog, Lindsay Dahl, the Deputy Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families carefully lays out a slew of troubling stats that scientists say are impacted by the use of unregulated, toxic chemicals. Chemicals and Our Health: A Call to Action paints an initially bleak picture of what has happened to our health in the last 35+ years. Leukemia, asthma, learning disabilities, all on the rise. Fortunately, they do also call out some positive strides, like the removal of BPA in many products (especially for children…like our MySuperSnack pouches) as well as the removal of lead from many products.
The stat that haunts me personally? “Difficulty in conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy affected 40% more women in 2002 than in 1982. From 1982 to 1995, the incidence of reported difficulty almost doubled in younger women, ages 18–25.” Many who know me, know that I am not shy about sharing my experience with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to conceive my daughters. It was a difficult, emotional journey that I wouldn’t wish on any hopeful woman trying to have children. But I’m thankful it was an option for me. That said, I do not have a history of fertility issues in my family. Many of my friends, of all ages (not just the 40+ women that are always cited when IVF comes up in conversation) have had to turn to IVF. None of them have family fertility issues either. I’m not a doctor or a nurse or a health professional. But I am someone who went through this with little to no explanation as to why. If there is even a chance that toxic chemicals in our cabinets or our refrigerators are contributing to my issue or any other disease on the rise, shouldn’t we do something about it now before those stats get any larger?