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Protecting kids? Moms are on the job.

Posted May 11th, 2013 by

I’m looking forward to Sunday morning. Breakfast in bed, flowers and chocolate — plus sweet, handmade cards from kids who often don’t take the time to say thanks. What’s not to like? But I also like the fact that Mother’s Day was actually founded to celebrate moms taking action to protect their children and communities. [...]

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Remember, Gina: It’s about the kids.

Posted May 8th, 2013 by

We hear the Senate may consider confirming EPA’s new leader this week. As we wait on the final vote, I’ve been thinking about what I’d say to Administrator-to-be Gina McCarthy if I had a chance to take her out for coffee and a chat, as she gets ready to step into her new role. Three [...]

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ADHD & autism rates up, again. Prevention anyone?

Posted April 17th, 2013 by

Experts at CDC recently released another round of data on how many kids in the U.S. are affected by autism and ADHD. The numbers are, once again, dramatically up. One in five boys are now diagnosed with ADHD by the time they reach high school. And one in 50 kids are on the autism spectrum, [...]

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Kids are at risk. What’s the hold up?

Posted February 22nd, 2013 by

Something’s rotten in Denmark. Well, in DC actually. That’s where the decision’s been made — again and again and again — to keep a nasty insecticide called chlorpyrifos on the market. The result? A generation of kids is sicker and less smart. I’m truly not being melodramatic, though I admit the story of chlorpyrifos does [...]

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Next EPA leader? This choice matters. A lot.

Posted January 18th, 2013 by

President Obama faces a profound decision as he considers who will step into Lisa Jackson’s shoes. Over the past decade, EPA has become a lightening rod for the heated partisan debate about the size and role of government. The agency has also come to serve as a rhetorical punching bag for those determined to pit [...]

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Illegal on pets & seeds. But kids’ shampoo? No problem.

Posted November 29th, 2012 by

It makes no sense. FDA’s decision this week to allow continued use of the neurotoxic pesticide lindane in children’s lice shampoos has me completely stumped. The pesticide’s use in pet products were withdrawn long ago. Then agricultural uses were pulled, back in 2006. Yet FDA just re-blessed the lindane products that put children most directly [...]

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Moms stand up for pesticide-free air in California’s Central Valley

Posted November 29th, 2012 by

When a child’s health is on the line, moms will often stand up in truly courageous ways. Like the mothers in the small, rural community of Lindsay, California who were concerned about how pesticides were affecting their children. These central valley moms enrolled in a project back in 2006 to monitor how much chlorpyrifos — a [...]

Posted Under: Clean Air

Pass the (pesticide-free) green beans, please!

Posted November 20th, 2012 by

Like others across the country, this Thursday I’ll be joining extended family and friends to celebrate each other and the earth’s bounty. I look forward to meeting up with cousins coming to town from distant cities, and enjoying the yummy dishes we’ll all contribute to the feast. I’m also hoping we keep the acephate, methamidophos [...]

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Docs weigh in on organic food, media miss the boat

Posted October 24th, 2012 by

On Monday the American Academy of Pediatrics weighed in on organic food. They found that “an organic diet reduces children’s exposure to pesticides,” and highlighted studies linking pesticides with many of the childhood health harms included in PAN’s recent report, A Generation in Jeopardy. Unfortunately, media coverage of the report has been all over the [...]

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Protecting kids from pesticides: It’s time.

Posted October 9th, 2012 by

Today’s children are less healthy than they were a generation ago, and science shows that pesticides are contributing to the trend. This is the core finding of a new report released today by Pesticide Action Network and partner groups in California, Minnesota and Iowa. As a mom who, like all parents, cares deeply about the [...]

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