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What Are ‘Forever Chemicals’ and How Are They Getting in Your Food?

PFAS are a widely used class of nearly 5,000 synthetic chemicals that have been used in manufacturing since the 1940s. They're oil-, water-, and heat-resistant, making them profoundly useful and popular in all manner of products. These are the chemicals that make carpets stain resistant and fast food packaging able to repel grease and water. They're also used in fire-fighting foams and what gives nonstick cookware, well, it's non-stickiness. They're also known as "forever chemicals," because the molecular bonds that form them can take thousands of years to degrade, meaning that they accumulate both in the environment and in our bodies.  Read more...
 

 

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