Here is the good news.

With great filmmakers like this, and the internet, we will be the first generation in about 50 years to have the knowledge to avoid products from companies that are putting harmful chemicals in things we buy without telling us.

It used to take much longer to spread information. During that time, big corporations took hold. Now their power is almost inestimable. However, that power meets it's match when it meets the most powerful thing that we know of in our universe—a group of humans with a mission.

One of those people on this mission is John J. Whelan.

He is the producer/director/star of an upcoming documentary called STINK! Here is what he has to say about his film.

I used to be ignorant about the Cancer Loophole. I thought that if a product was on the shelf in a store, that meant it was safe. I naively believed that if a product contained dangerous, toxic ingredients, ingredients that could cause cancer, that product would be banned.

In making “Stink!” over the past three years, I have learned that companies don’t need to disclose whether products contain chemicals that cause cancer or disrupt hormones, even chemicals that could interfere with a child’s growth, or cause reproductive problems. Certainly we can all agree that American consumers should have the right to choose whether they want to be exposed to chemicals that cause cancer, or birth defects, or reproductive harm? Apparently not.

By keeping the ingredients secret, companies are taking away our ability to make informed choices. In other words, we don’t even have the right to choose whether we want to be exposed to a carcinogen. Companies using unsafe ingredients get to choose for us. And that’s why I made a documentary called “Stink!” – because no one should be ignorant about the Cancer Loophole. Americans need to know that our system to regulate chemicals stinks!

I couldn't agree more. All I want is the ability to make a good choice. I'm not going to rail against the ridiculousness of a company that kills us being able to do business. If that's their business model, fine. But we should have the option and information to avoid them.

Do you agree?

The film has limited openings this week. If the Lyric doesn't screen it, then we may have to wait for it to land on DVD/streaming/Netflix.

I'll keep my eyes out for this one.

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