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Grow Your Own Organic Garden (tips this week on #EcoTipTue)

April 28, 2014
Are you growing a garden this year? Have a few pots of herbs and veggies? Then please join us for our weekly Twitter chat called #EcoTIpTue this week. We will have lots of tips for how to grow a productive, healthy garden. Best of all, the featured guest will be Tom Philpott , writer, farmer and food & ag correspondent at Mother Jones magazine. Tom is the cofounder of Maverick Farms , a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Toxic Free North Carolina will join us as well and share many valuable resources! When: Tuesday April 29 Time: 9 PM EST Where: On...
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On Earth Day: Help Get Toxic Chemicals Out of Children’s Products

April 22, 2014
One of my favorite quotes relating to environmental health is this: It's true. One thing every human being has in common is that we all grew in our mother's bodies. Our mother's womb is the place we first existed and we relied on her (and her body) for nourishment and safety. But what if, unbeknownst to her, the products she touched and used - common items like shampoo, body lotion and even the very toys she purchased during pregnancy to prepare for our arrival were emitting toxic chemicals that could pass through her umbilical cord into us? That is the harsh, startling reality these days...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: If you can't sell it, why advertise it?

April 17, 2014
Join @MomsRising and @PreventObesity this Friday, 4/18/14 at 1 p.m. EST / 10am PST for #NoMoreJunkAds , our #FoodFri tweetchat focused on creating a healthier school environment. Parents scored a huge victory last year when we won the Smart Snacks rule . Now snacks sold in school vending machines and a la carte lines must meet nutrition guidelines during the 2014-2015 school year . However, no rule is currently in place for what can advertised in schools. Advertising and marketing to children in schools requires special consideration because the food industry is reaching children in an...
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Parents Return Walgreens Products Tested for Toxic Chemicals

May 7, 2014
After a long day of teaching, I grabbed my 7 year old, and headed to find the only Walgreens in Vermont. "At the corner of healthy and happy" was actually 45 minutes away. Thankfully, my daughter entertained herself by singing songs from Frozen with great emotion. Our job, though, was very serious.
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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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