We buried it at Donner summit last week, in a wine-drenched consensus. In its place we're ready to build green chemistry.
My toxicologist wife started it, and was joined by our friend the cell biologist. I offered the environmentalist view and one thing lead to another until we buried toxicology.
It's too late to follow the path of testing chemicals for harm, identifying the mechanism of toxicity, and then entering the regulatory dance to limit harm from the offending molecule. There are simply too many chemicals used, too little testing, and toxicity pathways are too complex. Doing toxicology these days is like scratching fleas bites on an elephant with a toothpick.
We need a new approach, focused on eliminating the use of toxic chemicals rather than cleaning up messes.
Now this leads to other thoughts, like the death of fishery management...but that's another story.