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Five out of Five Scientists Agree - We Need More Information about Pesticides

September 3, 2013
We are making progress on confirming the need for a Maryland pesticide use database! And so many of you helped us get here. The August meeting of the Maryland Pesticide and Information Act Workgroup, its second, focused on what we do and don’t know about pesticides. The workgroup, consisting of stakeholders on both sides, was established by a law passed in the 2013 by the Maryland General Assembly with the help of MomsRising members. A group of scientists and researchers came to Annapolis to answer four basic questions: 1. What pesticides data exists and who uses it? 2. What information gaps...
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Tips on How to Join a MomsRising Tweetchat

August 30, 2013
What is a MomsRising Tweetchat? MomsRising tweetchats are opportunities to discuss core issue areas related to the economic security and well being of moms and families (like healthcare or food justice) by using a subject specific hashtag. We invite experts in the field to answer member questions, share the latest resources, and invite members to discuss their own views on the topics. The various issue areas have their own time slots and often repeat weekly at a pre-determined time, but sometimes we may have special issue tweetchats on other days that we advertise in advance. Joining our...
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Green and healthy back to school resources for busy parents

August 29, 2013
Are your kids back in school? Mine are, and boy, are they tired! So am I. Facing all the lunch packing, forms, homework, and running around, well, it has me dreaming of next summer! I've found some great resources to help with this transition. Here you'll find eco-friendly, safe and healthy lunch information, how to find safer lunch gear, resources for helping your child's school or daycare become more non-toxic and green, and more. We had a very informative and fun #EcoTipTue tweet chat this Tuesday with even more tips that I will post about soon. What about you? What are your favorite back...
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Senate Hearing on Toxic Chemicals (they heard us!)

August 19, 2013
Did you hear about Senate committee hearing at the end of July? It was kind of a big deal. Why? For years environmental health activists, parents, bloggers, journalists, film-makers and scientists have been sounding the alarm about the over 80,000 untested chemicals found in your home, products, schools and child care centers--- and the harmful affects they have on our bodies, especially our children. We've seen exponential increases in learning difficulties, cancer, developmental delays, reproductive system problems, obesity, early puberty, and other problems. Many of these conditions have...
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Secret Toxic Chemicals in Glade, Windex & Pledge

August 12, 2013
What's hiding in the fragrances of top brand-name cleaners? You have a right to know--and SC Johnson should be telling you instead of keeping toxic secrets.
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TSCA Reform: Too toxic to be left alone

August 5, 2013
When a toddler falls after taking his first step, mom picks him up so he can try again. When a child struggles with learning how to read, mom works with her every day until she gets it. Perseverance is one of the fundamental lessons moms teach their kids. Well, it’s time for moms to remind lawmakers to keep trying as they finally turn their attention to protecting public health from dangerous chemicals. After decades of inaction, the U.S. Senate is poised to consider a new bi-partisan bill to overhaul our system of regulating chemicals and toxics. It’s far from certain, however, that...
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Protecting the Planet for Our Children

July 31, 2013
Yesterday I had the honor and privilege of speaking at Harvard Law School about the future of EPA – our challenges, and our incredible opportunities. The highlight of my day, however, wasn’t the fact that I got to speak about issues that I care very deeply about. About how working to fight climate change can serve as an economic driver, helping create new jobs, new industries and new innovation. It wasn’t even that I got to stand in front of many of the environmental heroes who have paved the way before me. The highlight for me came when one my children – my daughter, Maggie – got behind the...
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Toxic Chemical Reform Is Long Overdue: Let's Get It Right

July 31, 2013
Matthew Shudtz, J.D. , is a Senior Policy Analyst working with the Center for Progressive Reform 's Clean Science and Corporate Accountability issue groups. Today, Senator Boxer’s Environment and Public Works committee will hold a hearing to discuss the best ways to fix the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the badly outdated law governing some 80,000 chemicals used in commerce in the United States. Communities across the country are not aware of the dangers present in chemicals in everything from baby bottles to face creams, with little to no regulation because of weak TSCA legislation...
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10 Tips for Finding Safer, Non-Toxic Sunscreens

July 29, 2013
One of my least favorite things about parenting is applying sunscreen to my small children. The kids despise it. They squirm. They scowl. They walk away. It takes parental persistence and fortitude to apply sunscreen-- and then, 2 hours later (or sooner if you have a fair skinned kid like I do) to dry them off, and reapply.
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Protect kids from pesticide drift. Now.

July 29, 2013
Seven years. Scientists tell us that's the window in the first years of life when children are most vulnerable to pesticide harms. That's also exactly how long EPA has — so far — delayed putting rules in place to protect kids from pesticides that drift from agricultural fields. Bottom line? While regulators think about what to do, an entire generation of rural kids has experienced increased risk of harms that can last a lifetime. Health risks from early life pesticide exposure are very real, and can be serious. Science points to falling IQs, ADHD, learning disabilities, birth defects and, in...
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