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On Pesticides, Soap and Common Sense

January 9, 2014
Scan the ingredient list of many "antibacterial" soaps and body washes, and you'll find triclosan. This pesticide — yes, I said pesticide — is so widely used that it's now found in most of our bodies. And after decades of thinking about it, FDA is finally saying "enough." It turns out some significant risks are linked to triclosan, including altering how hormones work in our bodies, undermining our immune systems and making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Oh, and according to FDA experts, it doesn't seem to get hands or bodies any cleaner than good old soap and water. Two things bubble up...
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ICYMI: Our picks of the week! #Top5 Must-Read Posts #TBT

December 20, 2013
There are so many compelling, interesting stories published on the MomsRising blog every week. Below is a selection of posts we especially hope you didn't miss! Check them out; we'd love to hear which were your favorites in the comments below. Thanks! #RADIO this week! - Creating Change! From music to legislation to social media and more From gun violence in America and updates on the goings on of Congress to the campaign that led to Marissa Alexander being released from prison and FairVote with Krist Novoselic of the band Nirvana, there's an awesome lineup of topics and speakers on this...
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10 Tips for Non-Toxic Pregnancy

December 11, 2013
Oh, the pressures of being pregnant! So many people telling you what to do. Eat this, not that! Don't worry about weight gain. Worry about weight gain. Worrying about weight gain will give your baby anxiety. Ahhhh! It can be so overwhelming at times. Thankfully, there are many things that pregnant women can do to reduce their exposure to environmental toxins. MomsRising partnered with the Reproductive Health Technologies Project this past week for our weekly tweet chat called #EcoTipTue. Sara Alcid was our special guest and she shared lots of important information for pregnant women, their...
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Protecting kids around the world

December 4, 2013
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 globe face serious — and growing — health harms from exposure to pesticides. Her report then outlines clear, doable steps to making real change. Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Asia-Pacific's Executive Director Sarojeni Rengam makes the urgency of the problem very clear...
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The EPA Listened to #MomsOnClimate - a Storify

December 3, 2013
[ View the story "#MomsOnClimate Nov. 14, 2013" on Storify ]
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Chemical Safety. Someone Should Care a Whole Awful Lot.

November 23, 2013
It’s March 2001 and a British man steps out of a blue police box and says that I will someday be grateful for the acute myelogenous leukemia (Agent Orange- related cancer) that has just killed my father. He promises that the next half-dozen years my mother and I will spend spinning in the revolving door of the Veteran’s Administration (VA) will benefit me later. He whispers that I need to pay attention to the draft Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) legislation in 2013. If only, right? Almost 13 years and two children after my father’s death, I can appreciate how much that past informed...
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Avoid Toxic Jewelry this Holiday Season (especially for children)

November 20, 2013
What’s in your child’s jewelry box? If you anything like many parents, its full of various play jewelry, presents from friends and family, and your own cast offs. Is anything in your child’s collection from Walmart, or Claire’s? Our friends at Washington Toxics released an alarming report about jewelry specifically from Walmart . Turns out, much of it is loaded with toxic heavy metals—like lead and cadmium. In some cases, the amount was more than 1,000 times the recommended level for lead. Now, should there even be a “recommended level for lead” ? Not when doctors and researchers regularly...
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Moms on Climate - Our Time is Now

November 15, 2013
When I learned that Mom’s Rising was hosting a teleconference and twitter chat with the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, I was thrilled; so thrilled, in fact, that I tweeted the following: “#MomsonClimate We see this national call as an important turning point for climate sanity!” The tide is finally turning and we parents are mobilizing on climate change -- the issue of all issues. I’ve been thinking about the power of moms in relationship to climate for a long time. In fact, way back in 2006, I wrote an essay called, “Now playing in my town – Climate Change –...
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Why I'm going to the MomsRising and EPA Teleconference and TwitterChat

November 12, 2013
The EPA is asking for our input. From people like you and me. Regular parents. They want to know what you think about climate, clean air and child's health. This week, MomsRising is hosting a teleconference and TwitterChat with none other than Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA. Here's why I am attending this important event, and I hope you will too. You can join too, here: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/RSVP_EPATeleconference/ I'm attending this event to speak on behalf of my students. As a teacher, I've seen many students in my classes who suffer from asthma. They have to limit their...
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Argentina's GE odyssey tells powerful global tale

November 10, 2013
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 of pesticides in Argentina, and the resulting health harms. With careful and compelling reporting, the piece highlights how GE crops dramatically drive up pesticide use, and puts a human face — including Sofia's family and many others...
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