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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Katrin Eismann TomatoesYou're organic-savvy, right? You already use the Shoppers' Guide to prioritize your produce purchases, but now you're wondering what else you should be considering when it comes to your food dollars.

Monday, October 22, 2007

I often complain about the lax chemical regulations. And, I am definitely guilty of saying “imports are poisoning people in America.” But, what about the people that make those imports? Few of us ever stop to think about them.

Monday, October 22, 2007

dust mask requiredI often complain about lax chemical regulations. And, I am definitely guilty of saying “imports are poisoning people in America.” But what about the people that make those imports? Few of us ever stop to think about them.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Atlanta droughtGreener parenting: Because "those cute little feet sure do make a big carbon footprint."

Atlanta has less than a 90-day supply of water left, and so far there's no backup plan.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Apple iPhoneApple's iPhone contains chemicals that are internationally regulated because of their potential danger to health and the environment, according to research by Greenpeace. Elements of the phone were made with PVC and brominated fire retardants, although the levels of those chemicals adhere to international standards.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Poor Lindsay Lohas. Once upon a time she was a careful environmentalist, but in the wake of fortune and fame, her eco-idealism has gone down the toilet. Will her friends be able to get her back on track?

Friday, October 19, 2007

babytoy.jpegRight now, parents who want to avoid exposing their kids of phthalates have to carefully monitor the toys and children's products their young ones have access to. But when the initiative signed into law on Sunday goes into affect in 2009, parents in California will be able to breathe a little easier.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Nuke Free's the way to beThis is not about celebrities.

If this was about celebrities, people would say "What do they know?" and "Their job is to entertain, they should just stay out of politics" and "Who do they think they are?"

So I won't tell you what they know. Instead, I'll tell you what I know.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Caution: avoid phthalates. . . and they're unhealthy for you, too. Phthalates are the culprit.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Onederwear disposable underwearHave you ever undressed to shower while on vacation and thought, "Gee, I really wish I didn't have to go to all the trouble of putting this underwear back in my luggage"?

No?

Monday, October 15, 2007

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To be honest, before I started working for EWG, I really didn’t think much of the makeup that I put on my face every day. I believed that the products were safe because I was able to buy them in stores. I had no idea that $50 billion personal care industry regulates itself and there are almost no guidelines or testing requirements by the government.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action DayToday is Blog Action Day, an event created to draw the attention of the blogosphere as a whole to one particular issue. Today, bloggers around the world will turn their attention to this year’s theme: the environment. Parenting bloggers, tech bloggers, health bloggers and a multitude of others will be writing about environmental issues as they relate to each niche.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

DDT fogger spraying peopleImagine a group of gregarious nine and ten year old girls in the early 1960s, laughing and running through the streets of their neighborhood on a summer evening, following along behind a big truck -- a big truck spraying the pesticide DDT.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

fishWhat with the recent confusion over safe fish consumption, you may be in the mood for some clean fish. Head on over to Blogfish for a hot tip on where to find it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Open pit miningYou really can't beat this opening sentence, so I'm not even going to try:

BUTTE, Mont. — Death sits on the east side of this city, a 40-billion-gallon pit filled with corrosive water the color of a scab.
Monday, October 8, 2007

toxic chemicalsCanadians face up to 25,000 premature deaths annually and that costs the Canadian government more than $9 billion. These, among other statistics, were revealed in a new study published last week.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Senate passes asbestos ban.We've known the about the negative health impacts of asbestos since the 1920's, and now the Senate has finally acted to ban the stuff from import. Our thanks and congratulations go to Senator Murray and the tens of thousands of asbestos victims who fought so hard for this achievement.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Sewage released into a riverIt's awfully hot here, especially for October. Can I get you a nice, cool glass of water?

Would you like some estrogen with that?

Saturday, October 6, 2007

KQED public radio in Northern California played a story on Thursday about the farm bill and how it effects the lunch menu in public schools:

We've all heard the latest health advice: avoid transfats. Eat more fruits and vegetables. But for many school children, their cafeteria lunch menus haven't caught up. This year, an effort to get healthy foods to the school lunch table is tied up in a much larger debate-- national farm policy.
Friday, October 5, 2007

Pregnant and nursing women should limit fish consumption.So, the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies coalition has issued a recommendation that women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning on becoming pregnant should eat at at least 12 ounces of fish per week -- including mackerel and tuna.

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