A capacity crowd of eco-fabsters packed the Georgian Ballroom at the Biltmore Tuesday afternoon, mingled with local notables such as CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta (left) and B98.5 FM’s Vicki Locke, then sat down to hear some jarring news.
Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group (and not our local weatherman, as he clarified), discussed findings of a 2004 study. Researchers analyzing the blood of 10 Americans found traces of more than 400 chemicals, including potential carcinogens.
He also noted the recent Forbes magazine report tagging Atlanta as the most toxic city in the nation.
Fun lunch, huh? But for all the downer news Cook ended on a positive note, pointing out that lead and PCB levels have dropped dramatically since lead was removed from gasoline and PCBs were banned. Education through events like Tuesday’s “Enlightenment Lunch,” co-hosted by Lisa Tush and Laura Turner Seydel, “is a big part of the solution,” Cook said.