Study: Toxic chemicals found in gardening tools

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN

Planting season is here. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a novice, a new study is raising a red flag about some of the products you might be using.

Researchers for the Ecology Center, a nonprofit environmental group tested nearly 200 common garden products and found two-thirds of them contained significant levels of one or more toxic chemicals they ranked of “high concern.” The data was published on the website HealthyStuff.org.

In garden hoses, gloves, kneeling pads and a variety of tools like shovels and trowels researchers found a number of toxins including lead, phthalates and bisphenol A or BPA.  Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastic.  They are considered endocrine disrupters which interfere with the body’s hormone function and some studies have linked them to adverse developmental issues and birth defects.

BPA is another toxin used in plastics from water bottles to dental sealant.  In fact, many of the chemicals found have been linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity and other serious health issues.

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