Nicholas Kristof on Lead and Other Dangerous Chemicals

In an op-ed for the New York Times yesterday, Nicholas Kristof shared a story from Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner’s Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children. He recounts the story of Sam, who chewed on lead paint as a baby and suffered permanent brain damage as a result. Kristof compares “the monstrous irresponsibility of companies in the lead industry” chronicled in the book to today’s chemical industry, in which “companies like Exxon Mobil, DuPont, BASF and Dow Chemical… [churn] out endocrine-disruptor chemicals that mimic the body’s hormones.” Read the full op-ed now.