All of this needs to change.
The reason prices are so high for these products is basic Economy 101: supply and demand. The more people demand these products, the more companies will start producing them. The more competition there is, the more farmers, manufacturers, and stores will be forced to lower their prices. The only way for the demand to increase is through education.
Change is starting to happen.
Even Allopathic (“Western”) doctors, who typically focus on treating symptoms and illnesses rather than addressing the causes are starting to shift gears. According to David Christiani, M.D., M.P.H., “in developed countries like the United States, as much as 85 to 95 percent of many cancers would be prevented by eliminating environmental factors.” Christiani, along with other medical doctors, believes that "stronger environmental laws and regulations to require pre-marketing safety testing, reduce industry influence on regulation, and control the importation of toxic chemicals and products" are imperative.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has recently proposed the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, as a much needed update of the largely ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act that was passed in 1976. According to the EWG, the new law “would require chemicals to be tested against a standard that protects the most vulnerable among us, including children. It proposes the same safety standard that has already proved effective and feasible when determining the safety of pesticides.” The current and outdated law has only restricted or banned five toxic substances over the last 35 years, and has ignored some of the most proven carcinogenic and other disease-causing substances, such as asbestos.
In the cosmetics industry, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has gained quite a bit of momentum, and has done a great job educating people both online and offline. Even the mainstream publication Glamour magazine has published a risky article exposing the risks of toxic chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, and sulfates in cosmetic products.
Join in and do the wave...
I feel the proverbial ice has been broken…and the sooner more people become aware of the need for updated legislation on the regulation of chemicals, the more will get involved and spread the word. Like an audience doing “the wave” at a stadium, this paradigm shift was started by a handful of brave “tree huggers”…but it is quickly catching on…and soon enough everyone’s hands will be in the air.