By Dan Shapley
Environmental, health and worker groups want a chemical that makes male fish turn female banned from detergents. The groups joined together to petition the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking a ban on the detergent additives called nonylphenol ethoxylates, or NPEs. There are no studies that link exposure to the chemical to human reproductive or development changes, but such a link has been shown in numerous studies of fish. NPEs are one of many so called "endocrine disruptors" being studied for their ability to mimic hormones like estrogen. Manufacturers of products containing NPEs are not required to include that information on labels. Many companies, such as Proctor & Gamble, long ago stopped using the chemicals, according to a story in the June 6 Newsday. Studies have drawn links between early exposure to chemicals and a range of problems, including cancer and developmental issues. For The Daily Green's story on going organic during pregnancy and raising a toxin-free baby, see Four Steps To Organic Motherhood. To read a blog -- and get your questions answered -- by the authors of The Complete Organic Pregnancy, see The Daily Green's exclusive blog, Ask An Organic Mom.