crisdopher wrote:I urge all Wooters to pass this one up. Not because these aren't good at what they do or aren't a great deal (I'm sure both are true), but generally you shouldn't prepare, store, cook in or serve on plastic. PLASTIC IS BAD. There are few absolutes in this world, but PLASTIC IS BAD is an absolute when it comes to food prep. BPAs are, I'm sure, just the tip of an iceberg science has yet to uncover.
Trust your grandparents! Trust their grandparents!! Use glass, steel, cast iron, and wood in your kitchen for all food-contact needs.
We have increasing problems with ADHD, autism, diabetes, obesity, etc etc. People have been looking for causes but haven't come up with anything definitive. But look at the correlation of the rise of all these problems and where the curve begins: back when plastic became a common household food prep material. I'm not a scientist, but I take no chances; I believe plastic is killing us and my kitchen is plastic free.
Well, I am a scientist (Medical Researcher), and I don't have those reservations. The causal relationship between the illnesses you claim and plastic is tenuous at best, and non-existent at worst. No well-controlled study, for example, shows any causal relationship with obesity. Did you ever consider that plastic made it easier for people to store and have easy access to food, which might lead to more food consumption?
The time correlation you're trying to make is nonsensical. You can just as easily make such correlations with the increased use of sugar, the Television Age, prevalence of transistors, etc. What you ignore is the fact that many types of plastics, and many uses for plastic. The interior of your refrigerator, for example, contains plastic. Does your plastic-free kitchen have a refrigerator? How about bottle and jar lids? Most have a plastic lining to prevent rust and the interaction of food with bare metal. And how about your knives and cutting boards? Are you sure the wood wasn't bonded with artificial glues, i.e. silicone? Likewise for your sink, since most are sealed with silicone.
And how have you ensured that your store-bought foods did not use plastic in storage, preparation or transport? Many foods, for example, are fermented in plastic containers. The most authentic Jewish pickles are often stored in plastic vats on NY's famous Lower Eastside. And many butchers use plastic to store their meats in storage. And many food grade paper and cardboard, and paper bags use plastic glues as binder. As far as I know, there is no certification, including "organic," that guarantees the avoidance of plastic in all phases of its preparation.
In short, living a plastic-free life is nearly impossible and I have no qualms about judiciously using plastic for food -- just as I would any other material.