Chemicals in Our Food: Teacher Resources

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Chemicals in our food: A Context for Year 7 - 10 Science

Teacher Professional Development presented by LENScience in conjunction with the Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury

How does this relate to what I'm teaching?

Big Idea
Teaching Ideas
  • interdependence of organisms in food webs
  • accumulation of chemicals up food chains
Chemical structure affects function

  • chemical structures
  • chemicals with similar structures can act the same way

Hormones act as chemical messengers

  • role of naturally produced hormones

Resources to support using Chemicals in Our Food as a Context for Learning

Teaching and Learning Resources

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Presentations from the student workshops

Background Research Papers

Thomson, B. M., Cressey, P. J., & Shaw, I. C. (2003). Dietary exposure to xenoestrogens in New Zealand. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 5(2), 229-235.

McLachlan, J. A., & Arnold, S. F. (1996). Environmental Estrogens. American Scientist, 84(5), 452.

Diamanti-Kandarakis, E., Bourguignon, J. P., Giudice, L. C., Hauser, R., Prins, G. S., Soto, A. M., et al. (2009). Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: an Endocrine Society scientific statement. Endocrine Review, 30(4), 293-342.

Vandenberg, L. N., Maffini, M. V., Sonnenschein, C., Rubin, B. S., & Soto, A. M. (2009). Bisphenol-A and the great divide: a review of controversies in the field of endocrine disruption. Endocrine Review, 30(1), 75-95.

Hotchkiss, A. K., Rider, C. V., Blystone, C. R., Wilson, V. S., Hartig, P. C., Ankley, G. T., et al. (2008). Fifteen Years after “Wingspread”—Environmental Endocrine Disrupters and Human and Wildlife Health: Where We are Today and Where We Need to Go. Toxicological Sciences, 105(2), 235-259.

Useful Web Links

Endocrine disrupters

Behavioral effects of Xenoestrogens from SciTopics

Bringing Cancer to the Dinner Table: Breast Cancer Cells Grow Under Influence of Fish Flesh Scientific American 17-04-07

The science of food packaging hazards: Podcast of presentation by Professor Gordon Robertson from University of Queensland to New Zealand Food Safety 2010 Conference 14-9-10

The Mystery of the Shrinking Alligator Penis : Professor Ian Shaw speaking at TEDx Christchurch, October 2010.

The Bisphenol-A Debate

Professor Ian Shaw talking about Bisphenol-A:

Crunch time in Bisphenol-A “debate” Peter Griffen SciBlogs 14-09-10

In Feast of Data on BPA Plastic, No Final Answer New York Times 6-09-10

Plastic Chemical BPA Is Officially Toxic in Canada (Not Anywhere Else) Discover Blogs 14-10-10

Plastic not so fantastic Otago Daily Times 16-01-10

Breast cancer link to plastic. Sunday Star Times 21‐10‐07

Toxicologist warns of plastic baby‐bottle risks The Press 12‐5‐08

Greens say NZ should ban plastic baby bottles NZPA 22‐04‐08