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Thanksgiving Meals in Maine Shouldn’t be “Pick Your Poison”

November 23, 2011

PORTLAND, Maine - That big Thanksgiving feast could contain an unwanted toxic chemical, according to a new report.

Bisphenol A (BPA) can leach from the linings of metal food cans at levels that could impact health, according to the report by the Breast Cancer Fund. Even low-dose exposure to BPA has been linked to prostate and breast cancer, diabetes and developmental problems, according to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

In Maine, however, it's never been easier to bypass canned foods for Thanksgiving, says Lynda Simkins, executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

"From turkey to cranberries to beans to potatoes to carrots, salad, pumpkins - New England does a really good job at raising all those products fresh."

Simkins, who raises organic turkeys on her farm, says they taste better and are better for you, the economy and the environment.

"If you buy an organic turkey, they're outside pecking the ground and see the sunshine every day, and they're fed organic grain."

BPA has been eliminated from most baby bottles and water bottles, but is still used in most metal food cans, even though there are safer alternatives.

More information on local, fresh organic food alternatives is online at the Northeast Organic Farming Association website, nofa.org. The report is at breastcancerfund.org/thanksgiving.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - ME