Do we really have to live in a kind of chemical stew to maintain a healthy economy?

Now it seems that

Children born to women exposed to bisphenol A (BPA) during the early part of pregnancy may be more likely to experience wheezing early in life, according to a new study. …

What is it about BPA that makes it so essential to plastics manufacturing? I’ll try to find out. No doubt it makes it less expensive, but, really, why can’t we just buy pure polypropylene containers, for example?

Beyond that, now we are told that

that the large majority of commercially available BPA-free plastic materials and products readily leach chemicals having EA [estrogenic activity]. Leaching increases when products are subjected to common-use stresses such as dishwashing, microwaving and sunlight.

The search for safer plastic containers continues.