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Years of Eating Dangerously?

April 11, 2014
Years of Living Dangerously airs this Sunday on Showtime. The first episode, which is highly worth your time, investigates different facets of the climate crisis in Texas, Syria, and Indonesia. The Indonesia segment is spearheaded by actor Harrison Ford who journeys deep into the tropical forest not as a swashbuckling adventurer, but more as a sober statesman, to uncover a paradise mostly lost. Along the way, we learn that Indonesia has the world’s highest rate of deforestation. Indeed, NASA scientists have determined that a full twenty percent of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come...
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Maryland General Assembly Has Established Funding for Pesticide Reporting!

April 7, 2014
Thank you MomsRising and Maryland Moms! With your help, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 621 / Senate Bill 700, legislation that generates revenue for professional pesticide usage reporting through a modest increase on the annual pesticide manufacturers product registration fee. Establishing dedicated funds for pesticide reporting in Maryland is a first step toward better protecting our families, the Chesapeake Bay and wildlife – including our very important honeybees. Our children are at greater risk from pesticide exposures. In addition to a growing body of research linking...
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Climate Change is a Mother's Issue

April 7, 2014
When you consider the wide reaching impacts of climate change, highlighted by the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, it is easy to want to bury your head in the sand. It is easy to turn on the TV, read a book, or think about what to have for dinner. But when something threatens the health and future of our kids, well, moms don't tend to walk away. World scientists, governments, and health activists have been making the connections between climate change and public health for years. Here's some of what they found. Climate change is linked to: increases in...
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Feeling BLAH About Walgreens

April 2, 2014
When I think of my drugstore, I think, “HEALTH!” and “WELLNESS!” After all, that’s where I go to pick up bandages for boo-boos, cold medicine for the sniffles, and medications for reducing fevers and relieving pain. That’s where my pharmacist gives me the antibiotics that stop simple infections from turning into life-threatening, raging monsters. But what if a drugstore willfully ignores the concerns of its customers and continues selling things that could actually threaten their health? Last year, MomsRising joined the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition to launch the Mind the Store...
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Join Moms Fighting for Freedom from Toxics!

March 31, 2014
Did you see that Seventh Generation has taken a leadership role on cleaning up our toxics laws? We’ve been blogging for years about the fact that over 80,000 chemicals are in products we use everyday – and they’ve never been tested for safety. Our kids are being exposed to chemicals that can alter their hormones, cause learning problems, early puberty, and many chronic diseases. Chemicals used regularly in consumer products are linked to cancers, infertility, early puberty, obesity, reproductive system problems, and learning disabilities. Since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in...
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6 Reasons to Stop Antibiotic Overuse

March 19, 2014
80 percent of antibiotics used in this country are used for food animals. What is wrong with that picture? 1. The more we use them, the less effective they become. According to the Center for Food Safety and Save Antibiotics , drugs become less effective, and bacteria more resistant with overuse. So while antibiotics have saved hundreds of thousands of lives, if they are used for food animals regularly, this might not always be the case. 2. Antibiotics are routinely administered to healthy animals in order to speed growth and compensate for unsanitary conditions. The use of antibiotics is not...
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6 Ways to Avoid Hormone Disrupting Chemicals

March 12, 2014
You've probably heard of BPA , the chemical that was in baby bottles, sippy cups, and water bottles. There's been lots of concern about this chemical as an endocrine disruptor-- it's ability to alter hormones, causing all sorts of health problems, such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, early puberty and learning disabilities. Back in 2008, consumers learned about the problems of BPA and demanded that companies remove it from products for children. Most did, and in 2012 the FDA banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups. Flash forward to 2014, and we have many BPA free plastics for sale and...
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Social Justice, Comics and More in MomsRising Weekly Blog Roundup

March 7, 2014
Civil rights. The environment. The close of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. These are just a few of the topics that were addressed on the MomsRising blog this past week, and here are some of the posts that we love. Please share these posts on social media with friends and family, and join the discussion in the comment section. #Radio Breaking Through with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." These words from Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" helped frame this week's program -- standing up against injustice. MomsRising was...
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Pesticides: Bad for dads, too

March 7, 2014
We hear a lot about how pesticides can undermine children's health. From derailing developing brains to bumping up the risk of childhood cancer, even low levels of exposure can wreak some serious havoc. It turns out dads should be concerned about how pesticides are affecting them too. Science shows that exposure to these chemicals can pose a serious threat to dad-hood itself. Sperm counts are down The news for would-be dads is not good. Worldwide, sperm counts are down and infertility rates are up. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals points to concerning trends in male...
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Give brains a chance, say scientists

February 22, 2014
Scientists issued yet another wake up call last week, adding more chemicals to the list of those known to harm our children's brains. These neurotoxicants — including the common pesticide chlorpyrifos — are linked to falling IQs, increased risk of ADHD and other developmental disorders. Now here's the really extraordinary part of the story: the researchers conclude that it's time to "accelerate the translation of science into prevention." In other words, we need to do something about this problem. Now. The article, published in The Lancet , reviews the latest studies on neurodevelopmental...
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