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Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

September 15, 2014
September is “back to school” month for most kids in the United States. My daughter is in her last year of preschool, but some of her buddies have moved on to kindergarten. As this momentous transition is just around the corner for her, I’ve been talking to friends and family about what to expect. Last week, I visited a friend’s house for dinner. Her daughter – a typical five-year-old who knows all the words to all the songs from Frozen despite having never seen the movie – has just started kindergarten and is doing well. In fact, my friend's only concern is regarding the snacks provided at...
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Are College Students Sleeping With Toxic Flame Retardants?

August 3, 2014
My daughter is going to college this fall and we are getting ready. Her school recommended a number of items for her dorm which we dutifully purchased. Having worked on getting toxic flame retardants out of the foam in our couches over the past several years, it occurred to me that I should have the school-recommended foam mattress toppers for my daughter tested for those same toxic chemicals.
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Poised for progress on pesticides

July 29, 2014
Well, it's about time. The invisible problem of pesticide drift is on the policy radar in ways it's never been before — with changes in the wings that could protect kids and communities in very real ways. From California to the Midwest to our nation's capital, drift is now a focus of public concern and policy conversation. And as the science linking pesticide exposure to children's health harms continues to stack up, pressure to protect kids from pesticide drift is growing stronger as well. Here's the deal: In response to legal action by Pesticide Action Network and our partners — based in...
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Out of the Mouths of Babes Comes the Truth About Pesticides

July 16, 2014
Most of you are undoubtedly familiar with the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Emperor's New Clothes." You may even have read it to your kids and grandkids. Remember how the two unscrupulous weavers promise the vain and pretentious emperor to create for him new clothes woven of material so marvelous, not to mention expensive, that only those clever, competent and worthy of the emperor's goodwill will be able to see it? His fearful subjects, unwilling to state what their eyes see before them, mumble the appropriate oohs and aahs when the emperor, thinking himself oh so regally decked out,...
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Faith above Facts: One Mom’s Career in Sex Law, Part 3

July 15, 2014
Putting faith over fact, 5 conservative Catholic men on the Supreme Court have opened a Pandora’s Box: your boss now gets to interfere with your birth control decisions. In its sharply divided 5-4 ruling in Hobby Lobby, SCOTUS ramps up the War on Women.
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The United States of Compost

June 25, 2014
Vermont is a cool place and it’s getting cooler. The Green Mountain State passed a “ universal recycling law ” (Act 148) that has a number of progressive provisions including mandatory composting. Starting this summer, enterprises that generate two tons or more of food scraps per week – e.g., grocery stores, restaurants and food producers – must divert them from landfills. Because the law is being phased in over several years, residents have until 2020 to comply. After that, food scraps and yard debris ( i.e., leaves and wood scraps) will be banned from landfills. If this sounds a bit...
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Making Climate Smart Choices for Your Family

June 5, 2014
June 5th is World Environment Day. It’s like Earth Day, celebrated here in the U.S., but for the whole wide World! Run by the United Nation Environment Program (or UNEP) it was established in 1972 by the U.N. General Assembly. In honor of World Environment Day 2014, Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign is releasing a new video called “ Be Climate Smart with Cool Foods. ” It lays out five principles you can use to make food choices on a daily basis that help take a bite out of climate change. Like the energy and transportation systems, the global food system accounts for a significant...
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Your Vagina Called and Said to Watch This Video

May 28, 2014
Watch the hilarious spoof music video Detox the Box on secret harmful chemicals in pads and tampons. Toxic chemicals don't belong in feminine products. Period.
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Vermont Passes Toxics Bill to Protect Kids

May 21, 2014
If you follow environmental health news, you likely know that many products on store shelves contain harmful ingredients linked to asthma, developmental disorders, infertility, cancer and other harmful health effects. Products on store shelves do not have to be proven safe before they are sold. While our federal government does nothing on this issue (and protects companies instead of public health) states are left to create legislation to protect their citizens. Vermont has done just that! As readers know, I've been working to protect families from harmful chemicals in consumer products for...
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Baby Non-Toxic Shopping Guide

May 12, 2014
It’s not easy for busy parents to know what the safest choices are to protect baby's health. Women's Voices for the Earth's Baby Non-Toxic Shopping Guide can help you find safer products without toxic chemicals linked to cancers, reproductive harm, and birth defects.
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