How The Crunchy Chicken became 'The Non-Toxic Avenger'
Photos courtesy of Deanna Duke
I firmly believed that if a product were sold on the shelves in the store, that product was safe to use unless it stated otherwise. Some of them may not have been the most environmentally friendly to use but they were safe. The FDA says so, doesn’t it? And I was more than happy to put my faith in government agencies and turn a blind eye to the real story just to keep believing that those plastics in my mascara and the preservatives in my shampoo were innocuous and I could have silky hair and glowing skin in spite of what the ingredient labels did and did not tell me.
It wasn’t until I received a review copy of the book "Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things" for my environmental blog, The Crunchy Chicken, that I started to think otherwise. In the circle of individuals who were blogging on environmental topics, there was always a subset that focused on toxins in products. I figured that was their bailiwick, not mine. I was more concerned with reducing waste, energy usage and the strain on the environment from personal carbon footprints. The closest I got to dealing with the topic on my blog was really in relation to issues with agriculture and its incumbent petroleum-based fertilizer and pesticide use. But that didn’t matter to me personally because I didn’t choose products produced by conventional agriculture. Or did it? Were the health problems my family faced a result of environmental toxins, bad genetics or both?
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