Earlier this week our partners in Asia released an in-depth, global study on children and pesticides. As a mom, I’m both deeply thankful for this report and profoundly frustrated that it needs to be written at all. Dr. Meriel Watts reviewed hundreds of scientific studies from around the world, and found that children across the [...]
In the spring of 2012, we profiled a courageous mother from Argentina who took on Monsanto to protect her children and her community from pesticide harms. Sofia Gatica received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her inspiring organizing efforts. Now the story continues. The Associated Press recently published an in-depth story on the spiraling use [...]
Parents are descending on Washington D.C. next week to demand toxic chemical reform and to protect our kids and the public health– and I’m with them in spirit for the Stroller Brigade and Toxics Action Day. I’m a BIG fan of parent activism, grassroots, real folks, bringing their message to Congress. And boy, do we desperately [...]
Researchers increasingly draw links between pesticides and serious illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and a host of others, as well as impacts on aquatic life, such as the Potomac River’s very own intersex fish. Lately the mystery surrounding worldwide beehive loss is leading researchers to question when, where and how pesticides are used and how they affect bees. Maybe the beekeepers’ demand for the most basic pesticide information could be a tipping point in the quest for a reporting database.
I didn’t realize how many women don’t have access to basic information on how to protect themselves (and their unborn child) from exposure to toxic chemicals. Check out WVE’s tips for harmful chemicals to avoid during pregnancy!
EPA is doing a better job protecting children’s health, according to a new government report. This is very welcome news indeed — kudos to the agency for recognizing that when it comes to environmental harms, kids cannot be treated like little adults. The bad news? The report flagged one arena where kids’ health protection is [...]
This time of year, Target becomes like my second home. Dropping by to pick up school supplies, clothes and fall sports equipment in addition to my regular shopping, I’m in and out of my local store so often, they should personalize a parking spot for me. Target is my go-to retailer, because I love their [...]
We are making progress on confirming the need for a Maryland pesticide use database! And so many of you helped us get here. The August meeting of the Maryland Pesticide and Information Act Workgroup, its second, focused on what we do and don’t know about pesticides. The workgroup, consisting of stakeholders on both sides, was [...]
What’s hiding in the fragrances of top brand-name cleaners? You have a right to know–and SC Johnson should be telling you instead of keeping toxic secrets.
Matthew Shudtz, J.D., is a Senior Policy Analyst working with the Center for Progressive Reform‘s Clean Science and Corporate Accountability issue groups. Today, Senator Boxer’s Environment and Public Works committee will hold a hearing to discuss the best ways to fix the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the badly outdated law governing some 80,000 chemicals [...]