Friday, January 8, 2010

Can It!

One of the our goals for this year is to make our kitchen can-free.

Translation: No cans of soup. No cans of corn. No cans of sweetened condensed milk.

This is our reasoning. If we are trying our darnedest to make sure that LBG's toys, bottles, pacifiers are all BPA-free, why should we be sticking it in our own mouths? Yes, cans have BPA in them. It is part of the lining. Heck, it's in everything!

Here is the problem with BPA:
"... bisphenol-A is an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to lower sperm count, early onset of puberty, breast cancer, and obesity. Ninety-five percent of American adults have detectable levels of BPA." (full article here)

For some reason beyond my current understanding, the FDA will not make a policy banning the usage of BPA. They don't even seem to have any intention to in the near future!

Ok, so here is the contents of our pantry's can shelf. We have 3 cans of corn, 2 cans of tomatos, a couple cans of pumpkin, and a can of soup. These were all purchased before January 1, 2010 and the Father said we can't donate them. We will eat them but we will no longer be buying more. We've stopped buying sodas- another blog entry coming soon- in cans and bottles as well.

There is a sad side to this story. No more chili or stew, corn cassarole or green beans. We will have to wait until they are all in season and can our own. No, I can't just go to the grocery store any buy some tomatoes to chop up either. Remember, they might be funding homegrown slavery.

Yay! The kitchen at LBG's house will be BPA-free, right? Wrong! We still have a few plastic cups (Do they make Mega Gulps in glass?) and plastic strange containers. Slowly but surely, we plan to replace our plastic containers with Pyrex and we are still looking for options for The Father's beloved HUGE cups.

Of course, if you aren't as crazy, I mean ambitious, there are a few ways you can avoid BPA. You can use stainless steel water bottles instead of those disposable plastic ones, don't heat up anything in plastic. And in July, don't open and drink that bottle of Poland Spring water that's been in your car for 2 weeks!

Oh yeah, and remember... you can't escape all BPAs they are everywhere!