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Friday, April 25, 2008

monsanto.jpgWe've got a few loose ends to tie up before the weekend. In no particular order:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

haiti_flag.jpgIs there a divide between rich and poor when we think of the environment? Absolutely. They are divided in many other ways, so the environment is no different. The field of environmental justice deals exclusively with these issues, arguing that environmental risks and benefits should be equally distributed among all populations.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ask EWG: How can I make my lawn non-toxic?

We know spring has arrived when questions about lawn and garden care start arriving. Rick in Pennsylvania asks, "How can I keep my lawn green and healthy without putting my kids and pets at risk?" Rick, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are not the answer. Here's EWG's Don Carr to tell you why.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Today we updated our farm bill pro-reform editorial map. The tally now stands at 411 reform minded editorials published in American dailies since January 1st, 2007. After the jump I break down some of the papers pushing hard for a change in the inequitable and wasteful farm subsidy system.

Cross posted on Mulch.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

what you need to know about bisphenol A (BPA)

What is it?

Bisphenol A is a toxic plastics chemical found in polycarbonate plastic and the resinous lining of food cans.

What are the possible health effects?

In April of 2008, the National Toxicology Program raised concerns that exposure to BPA during pregnancy and childhood could impact the developing breast and prostate, hasten puberty, and affect behavior in American children.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mixed Greens environmental health podcastThe National Toxicology Program has changed its tune on BPA, and it looks like bigger changes are in the works. Plus, meet a mutt on a mission.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

postcard_final.jpgA year after he mocked environmentalists as "Prohibitionists at a frat party," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has delivered another big Earth Day speech – this time at Yale – with the same theme: The environmental movement is a failure because it tries to make people feel guilty about what we've done to the planet, rather than promising an exciting and fun-filled green future.

Monday, April 21, 2008

That Eddie. Such a multi-talented dog. He blogs, he lobbies, he investigates complex scientific issues... and now he makes movies, too. I'll be honest, I'm a little concerned for my job.

But there's no denying he's good at what he does -- here's his latest video, a big thank you to everyone who's supported him so far. Way to go, Eddie.

Monday, April 21, 2008


Monday, April 21, 2008

MTR_site.jpgThis is a guest post by EWG's Lauren Glickman, who is not afraid of the boogieman.

Friday, April 18, 2008

pitcher_filter_photo.jpgWe're always telling you to filter your water 'round these parts. It's true, a good carbon filter will get rid of most common pollutants (though not all), and they're a lot less expensive than a reverse-osmosis system. But every couple of months or so, you're left with a grit-filled hunk of plastic that can't be recycled. There's nothing to do with an old filter but throw it out -- and that hardly seems eco-friendly.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Eddie_lion.jpgEd. note: This post comes to us from a friend and colleague of ours, Eddie. For more of his work, visit Pets for the Environment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ed. note: This is a post by Howie, EWG's social media intern. Howie's a student at American University here in DC.

Monday, April 14, 2008

postcard_final.jpgTwenty years ago, in a Berkeley attic, freelance journalist John Javna wrote and self-published one of the most important books of 20th Century environmentalism. 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth went on to sell 5 million copies.

Friday, April 11, 2008

phthalates linked to asthmaThe smell of a new car, that new shower curtain odor, and those off-gassing carpets recently installed in your office have one thing in common: these consumer products contain plastics chemicals that can become volatile, spread through air and hit our olfactory systems. And we are accustomed to consider such chemical smells a good thing. Who wouldn't like to have the status symbol of a new car, volatile chemicals and all?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

pig placenta drinkAh, it's a great day to be a woman! In fact, every day is a great day to be a woman, especially when it comes to the sacrifices made for beauty. Women are known to make numerous beauty sacrifices, depending on the century they live in, their culture, race and their own priorities.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A little light reading for your mid-week enjoyment. garlic for allergiesFactory farms in the ocean? Smorgasbord tells you what you need to know about offshore aquaculture.

Another way to reduce consumption: share stuff. What a novel idea!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Mixed Greens environmental health podcastIt seems Congress has caught on to industry's dirty tricks -- find out what they're doing about it in this episode of Mixed Greens. Plus, EPA cozies up to the chemical industry, and PFOA persists in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Monday, April 7, 2008

toxic toys in Washington StateEd. note: This post is by EWG's social media intern Akua, who gets to spend most of her time playing around on MySpace and reading blogs -- lucky woman.