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Grocery Store Pastries Could Be Lowering Your Fertility

Friday, April 10, 2015

EWG released a report this week detailing the endocrine disrupting risks associated with food products containing the preservative, propyl paraben. Some of these side effects consist of infertility in both men and women. 

“Yesterday, researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit public health organization, released a petition calling for an end to the use of propyl paraben, a common food additive that’s found in a host of name-brand edibles ranging from corn tortillas to strawberry-rhubarb pies. The additive is used to prevent microbial growth, but although it’s deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration, some scientists remain concerned that the preservative is harmful to humans and might contribute to fertility issues in both men and women.”

Read Vice’s story about the risks associated with propyl paraben here

Read EWG’s propyl paraben report here.

Table Scraps

Food Safety News reports a new petition that seeks to remove propyl parabens from our foods. 

EWG discusses recent reports of the pervasiveness of GMO weed killers and why labeling is in the best interest of all consumers.

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Herd Around the Hill

DC legend and organic food advocate, Nora Pouillon just release her long awaited memoir. In it, she discusses how crumby the food in DC used to be, just a handful of years ago!

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