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The Toxics Train That Could

October 22, 2013
One of my all-time favorite children’s stories is The Little Engine That Could . As the little engine slowly and with great effort pulls himself up that steep mountain, he tells himself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Then, after trying really hard… and pushing himself… and not giving up… he finally makes it to the top. Hoooorraay!! Turns out, this lesson isn’t just for kids. Right now, there is a toxics reform bill in the works, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA). Powerful lobbyists who are paid by the chemicals industry are working hard to undermine the effort for...
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Avoid Scary Toxins and Waste this Halloween (a carnival of resources)!

October 17, 2013
Found this costume at a thrift store! Halloween is almost upon us! At this time of year I am more frightened of all the junk food, plastic, toxic face paint and artificial colorings than ghosts and ghouls! Truly, Halloween can be a time of waste, massive sugar consumption, and plastic, or we can make it reflect healthy, more sustainable choices. Or, we can simply take steps each year to make it as green and healthy as we can. Here is a collection of posts to help you, busy MomsRising readers, to make this Halloween your most fun, most green and healthiest yet for you and your kids. Safer,...
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Honeybees and Groundwater: Canaries in the Pesticide Coalmine

October 9, 2013
Researchers increasingly draw links between pesticides and serious illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and a host of others, as well as impacts on aquatic life, such as the Potomac River’s very own intersex fish. Lately the mystery surrounding worldwide beehive loss is leading researchers to question when, where and how pesticides are used and how they affect bees. Maybe the beekeepers’ demand for the most basic pesticide information could be a tipping point in the quest for a reporting database.
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7 Reasons to Avoid Toxic Fragrances

October 4, 2013
Did you know that many personal use product such as cosmetics, shampoos, and body washes contain chemical fragrances that could be harmful to you and your family's health? Not many people do. It's also a secret that companies do not have to disclose which chemicals they are using as fragrance. They simply list fragrance-- which can mean any chemical is added to a product, even ones that have been linked to numerous health problems. Sometimes, fragrance is even added and not listed. And synthetic fragrance use in the marketplace has doubled since 1990. Here are some reasons why this is a...
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Toxic Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy

October 1, 2013
I didn’t realize how many women don’t have access to basic information on how to protect themselves (and their unborn child) from exposure to toxic chemicals. Check out WVE's tips for harmful chemicals to avoid during pregnancy!
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Kids health & pesticides? Time to connect the dots, EPA.

September 30, 2013
EPA is doing a better job protecting children's health, according to a new government report . This is very welcome news indeed — kudos to the agency for recognizing that when it comes to environmental harms, kids cannot be treated like little adults. The bad news? The report flagged one arena where kids' health protection is lagging: pesticide decisionmaking. Yikes. As we know from our recent A Generation in Jeopardy report, pesticide exposure is a biggy when it comes to childhood health harms. The GAO — or Government Accountability Office, for those of us outside the beltway universe —...
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What We Don’t Know Will Hurt Us: The Need For Chemical Policy Reform

September 24, 2013
When pregnant, I was lucky enough to receive excellent prenatal care. Still, I was bombarded – and frankly, sometimes overwhelmed – with messages about what to do and what to avoid during pregnancy. And despite doing my best to comply with the prevailing guidance, my son was probably born – like most babies in the United States – with 200+ chemicals in his body. So much for clean living. And herein lies th e conundrum that a new joint Committee Opinion on chemicals from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)...
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Progress on Toxics (Walmart and Procter and Gamble!)

September 18, 2013
You want proof that online and offline activism works, and that regular American parents and consumers can make a difference in multi-billion dollar corporations? Just take a look at some of the public health successes that have come across our radar in the last week. While we celebrate the good news below, we note that the federal government has failed to regulate toxic chemicals in our products, which is why we have turned to corporate leadership. With the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee now working on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, we are hopeful that we can move...
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Target can hit a bullseye with a safe cosmetics policy

September 14, 2013
This time of year, Target becomes like my second home. Dropping by to pick up school supplies, clothes and fall sports equipment in addition to my regular shopping, I’m in and out of my local store so often, they should personalize a parking spot for me. Target is my go-to retailer, because I love their friendliness, overall product selection and affordability. And when they tell me to “Expect more, pay less,” I generally feel like they mean it. And, well, I DO expect more. When my kids throw skin cream, hair gel or lip gloss into the shopping cart, I expect those items to be safe. And...
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10 Reasons We Need Stronger Laws About Toxic Chemicals

September 10, 2013
Last month, the Senate Environmental and Public Works committee held a hearing about toxic chemicals . Business owners, health advocates, and citizens testified about the the lack of regulation of toxic chemicals in consumer products and how they are harming lives. This fall, Congress will decide how to regulate (or not) toxic chemicals for the first time in over 30 years. Here are 10 reasons we need strong reform of our chemicals laws NOW to protect children and families from harmful, toxic exposures that are causing many health and learning problems. 1. It is outdated. The Toxic Substances...
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