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School Lunches a Security Risk?

April 21, 2010
I have heard our school lunches called a lot of things, but never an actual security risk. That's what a group of retired military officers called it since many children today are too overweight to serve in the armed forces. From the Associated Press : "A new report being released Tuesday says more than 9 million young adults, or 27 percent of all Americans ages 17 to 24, are too overweight to join the military. Now, the officers are advocating for passage of a wide-ranging nutrition bill that aims to make the nation's school lunches healthier. "The officers' group, Mission: Readiness, was...
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We Need Food Safety Legislation Now: My Personal Story

April 19, 2010
When you’re a mom and your child gets seriously ill, it breaks your heart. It makes you mad when you learn that more could have been done to prevent your child’s illness. It makes you determined that no one’s child should be put at risk unnecessarily when provided a basic need for survival – food. My now 16-year-old son Matthew contracted an E. coli O157:H7 infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in 2002. His illness was linked to a recalled food. That’s why my family supports strong food safety legislation currently being considered in Congress. Before my son got sick, I believed that...
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Take Action: Demand Your Right to Know What’s in Pesticides

April 7, 2010
My colleague, office neighbor, and friend Caroline Cox is a renowned environmental health activist and an unassailable exponent of scientific integrity. She knows our field. Since Caroline is out of town, I’m writing to share with MomsRising readers something she has called “really important.” Less understated than Caroline, I’ll call it a once-in-a-generation opportunity to demand your right to know which toxic chemicals the pesticide industry is dosing you with . Right now, you have no such right because pesticide companies aren't required to disclose the many inert chemicals in their...

Moms, Kids, and a 20 Foot Tall Rubber Duck

April 6, 2010
What do a bunch of moms, parents, advocates, and a 20 foot tall rubber ducky have in common? All of them were outside of the annual chemicals industry convention in Baltimore last week, letting the industry know that “You Can’t Duck Real Reform!” And they weren’t the only ones speaking out for chemical reform: Over the past month, MomsRising members across the country have sent more than 50,000 letters to Congress urging immediate reform to protect our kids from toxic chemicals ! Right now, legislation is finally being drafted in Congress to reform the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (...

Chemical Industry Decides Public Health Really IS Better Than Private Profits

April 1, 2010
In a turn of events not even Nostradamus could foresee, Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), today announced that the millions of dollars the industry trade group has been using to lobby against policies that protect public health will now be used instead to research and develop safer chemicals. “We’ve been focusing so much on maintaining the status quo and protecting our profits, that we neglected to notice how our bottom line really relies on the health of consumers,” Dooley said at a press conference outside the ACC headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. “If...

Food Dyes and Children's Behavior

March 25, 2010
By Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director Center for Science in the Public Interest A lot of parents notice that the foods our kids eat affect their behavior. Some of those effects are subtle, some less so. Most dads and moms know that sugar and caffeine can have a dramatic impact on behavior, but most parents are unaware that artificial foods dyes —like Red 40, Yellow 5 and six others—have also been shown to cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in children. It’s time to rid our food supply of these unnecessary and discredited chemicals. Since 2008, the Center for Science in the...
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Compounded Green Consumer Power

March 23, 2010
Here's an inspiring example of a way to multiply your own consumer power.

Protecting Children's Health and Ending Mountaintop Removal

March 19, 2010
Over the past year, Administrator Jackson has pledged that her agency is back at work defending children’s health by ending environmental injustices, but when it comes to ending mountaintop removal, the agency is stalled.
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Protect American Families from Dioxin

March 17, 2010
In 1978, I discovered my child was attending an elementary school built on top of a 20,000 ton, toxic-chemical dump in Niagara Falls, New York. As a mom, I was outraged! That shocking discovery spurred me and my neighbors to lead a three-year struggle to protect our children and families from the hazardous waste buried in our backyards. When we bought our homes, none of us knew that Hooker Chemical Corporation, a division of Occidental Petroleum, had dumped 200 tons of a toxic, dioxin-laden chemical and 21,600 tons of various other chemicals into Love Canal. We just knew we were getting sick...
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Bring on the radical homemakers

March 12, 2010
...At some point, of course, I realized I wasn’t happy. I was trapped. I had money, but not time. It was like being surrounded by food, and dying of thirst. It turns out that there is a way out of this mess. There are people all over this country–both women and men–who have made a conscious decision to value their time more than their money. Against the formidable current of popular culture, they have decided that this may be the only life they will ever have, and they’re going to live it fully.
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