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Healthy Soup or the Stroke du Jour?

April 22, 2010
I love black beans generally and black bean soup in particular. Filling and inexpensive, beans are high in dietary fiber, low in unhealthful fats, and hospitable to garlic, onion, red pepper, and spices. If you were having lunch at a restaurant, black bean soup could be the healthiest thing on the...
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Earth Day a Time for Green Moms to Shine

April 22, 2010
For those amazing eco-moms out there, this week may be quite busy. Thursday is Earth Day and there are thousands of events being held nationwide to honor our planet - be they stream cleanups, advocacy days, or just working in the home garden with their kids. Here at the Sierra Club , we know a good...

Kids Behaving Brilliantly

April 21, 2010
When I was young, I volunteered for various organizations and I participated in an academic extracurricular group known as the Future Problem Solvers of America, but that was the extent of my adolescent efforts at having a positive impact on the world. I don’t think I had ever heard of anyone young...

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...
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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...
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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...

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...
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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...

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...
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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.