Korion's question http://paleohacks.com/questions/94854/in-what-context-is-plastic-not-safe#axzz1lLh5GHmN about the plastic steamer basket got me thinking, and reading more about this whole plastic issue.
The Chris Kresser article (thank you miked) about estrogenic activity of virtually all plastics was enlightening. I've been trying to make good decisions about what to store my food in after preparation, and even bought several sets of BPA free plastic tupperware from Ikea, and a stocked up on canning jars for putting soup and other liquids in. It would appear that virtually all plastic has estrogenic activity when applied to food and everyday environmental stressors, and even the BPA-free canning lids have a plastic coating that leaches readily into food. Damn! http://chriskresser.com/how-plastic-food-containers-could-be-making-you-fat-infertile-and-sick
I try not to be paranoid about this stuff, and unless we switch to a society where you put a bottle deposit on every single item, it probably isn't feasible to go plastic free, but I have PCOS and as such don't feel like I have a lot of wiggle room in the endocrine disruption department. I have been trying hard to balance my hormones through diet, but I'd hate to be shooting myself in the foot because of what my food is shipped and stored in.
It seems that every single food item out there is packaged in plastic: Everything in the pantry came in a plastic bag, a paper container lined with plastic, or a can with a plastic liner. Almost all of my supplements are in plastic bottles. In the fridge and freezer grassfed ground meat or packaged meat from the butcher are wrapped in plastic, even the butcher paper has a plastic liner. The only foods I can think of that aren't shipped plastic are the eggs that come the paper carton, olive oil, sauerkraut, kim chi, and some of the milk at my co-op (although the last 4 of those come with lids with a plastic liner). The veggies from our CSA are mostly plastic-free, but they do arrive in a big Rubbermaid container and sometimes sit out in the elements for a day before I get them inside, where they go straight into the plastic drawer in the fridge.
Bonus question: Has anyone figured out a completely plastic-free frozen meat storage method?