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The REAL Opt-Out Revolution

July 8, 2009
From Your Woman In Washington Written by MOTHERS volunteer Kelly Coyle DiNorcia (ahimsamama.blogspot.com) I recently took a ride down to Princeton, NJ to see a talk given by a woman named Shannon Hayes. It was about what she calls Radical Homemaking, or Enlightened Homemaking. Radical Homemakers are those who eschew many modern conveniences ("necessities") and choose instead to live a simple, low-tech lifestyle. In her research that led her to write a book about these Enlightened Homemakers, she has found that people can follow this lifestyle anywhere - in a city, in the suburbs, on a farm,...
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California Fire Retardant Bill Watered Down

July 8, 2009
Today I was in Sacramento testifying in support of a bill that would help eliminate flame retardants from baby and toddler products. The good news is the bill survived the business and professions committee and is off to the Assembly appropriations committee. The bad news is it was watered down a bit. The bill passed with two amendments. One amendment restricts the bill's coverage to only four baby products: strollers, high chairs, nursing pillows and bassinets. The other called for labels on flame retardant-free products, which I support but am not thrilled with the wording. The Assemblyman...
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Action Day: Let's De-Tox Baby Products

July 6, 2009
Quick Note: Please check us out at Daily Kos and "recommend" our diary! Last week Senate Bill 772 , a California bill that would stop a de facto requirement for toxic chemicals in the foam of children’s furniture and baby products, barely made it out of the Assembly environmental committee. The bill was originally expected to pass unanimously as it would rid products like baby bassinets, nursing pillows and high chairs of toxins researchers have found cause cancer, neurological impairments like hyperactivity and reproductive problems like low sperm count. However, the bill received a well-...
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Declare Your Independence From Toxic Chemicals!

July 4, 2009
This July 4, MomsRising is urging our members to declare independence from toxic chemicals and become part of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign! At MomsRising, we hear from members all the time who are deeply concerned about dangerous chemicals in the environment and in the products we use every day, including toys, food containers, cleaning products, even maternity and infant gear. That’s why we have joined the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign. This campaign is a national effort to create a strong, comprehensive solution to fix the law that is failing to protect our...

BPA Industry Manipulates Scientific Studies

June 27, 2009
In case you missed it, Newsweek's science editor Sharon Begley wrote a story on how anyone with an agenda can find research to support that agenda. The example she used were companies who make products with the toxic chemical bisphenol A . So-called "BPAs" are found in hard plastic like baby bottles, water bottles and the lining of cans and have been linked by non-industry-backed studies to diabetes and heart disease. Here is how the BPA industry has manipulated studies to paint their products as non-harmful -- or another industry favorite -- available in such small doses to pose very little...
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In what universe are candy bars NOT junk food?

June 17, 2009
Which of the following is considered a junk food according to national school nutrition standards? A. Hi-C Blast - vitamin fortified sugar water B. Poland Springs seltzer water - water with bubbles C. French fries D. Candy Bars If you guessed A, C or D you'd be wrong. Believe it or not, seltzer water is the only item on this list banned as a junk food because it doesn't contain any vitamins or minerals. Yup, french fries, candy bars, and Hi-C aren't officially considered junk food. That's just crazy when you consider that children ages 6-11 are four times more likely to be obese than children...
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Industry Will Pay Big Bucks for Pregnant Woman Willing to Ingest BPA

June 2, 2009
Pregnant? Looking for a way to make some extra money? Comfortable eating and drinking from packaging coated with BPA resins to demonstrate how safe it is? (Note: you must also be willing to sign a waiver releasing industry from any birth defects or other harm suffered by your baby.) Interested? Can you believe it?

Moms, nurses, and others to J&J: “No More Toxic Tears!”

May 27, 2009
What comes to mind when you think of Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo? Images of your kids playing in the tub, or memories of your own mom suddsing you up as a child? Maybe you think of the company’s famous taglines- “No.1 Choice of Hospitals” and “No More Tears.” Whatever you think of, it probably isn’t caution signs and cancer-causing chemicals - but now that might change. On May 26th, parents and nurses said “no more toxic tears” to America’s leading manufacturer of baby shampoo. MomsRising, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and nearly 50 other organizations representing more than 1.7...

Stop the Monkey Business and Ban BPA from Babybottles!

May 19, 2009
I support equality for the sexes, but this wasn’t what I had in mind! Adding to the mounting evidence against the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), a study released last week ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2009.03.005 ) found male monkeys exposed to BPA while in the womb display behaviors unique to female monkeys once they’re born. Yes, this is the same BPA still used to make baby bottles, sippy cups, reusable water bottles, and other food containers. In fact, more than 200 studies have linked BPA exposures at very low doses to breast and prostate cancer, obesity, diabetes, altered...

On Being a Toxic Avenger

May 12, 2009
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the campy, B-movie, The Toxic Avenger , but the plot line is eerily analogous to many modern moms. The movie in a nutshell: weakling janitor is taunted and falls into a vat of toxic waste, which turns him into a radioactive monster with superhuman strength who becomes a local crime fighter. Here’s the plot line for modern mom (particularly the special breed of moms that end up joining a community like MomsRising). Mom starts out as an “average” woman and gets pregnant which transforms her into a new life form with superhuman abilities who becomes an advocate...

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