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Not just one mother's battle

August 2, 2014
Today's is the first day of 2014 World Breastfeeding Week. Just earlier this year, Iowa Public Radio broadcasted a remarkable story about Linda Eaton . Eaton was an Iowa City Firefighter. Thirty-five years ago, she continued to breastfeed her child at work against orders from her supervisor, and a breastfeeding discussion was launched locally and gained national attention. Today, breastfeeding in America is treated a little differently, but it is also very different than other cultures. The program told Eaton’s story, and also discussed what businesses are required to provide for nursing...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: MomsRising's Food Power Event is Back! #FoodPower14

July 31, 2014
Happy Friday! Have you heard the news? MomsRising's Food Power event is back! We've teamed up with the The BLK Projek's Not Just Talk, a full-day conference of exciting women working in social justice.
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Talking to Children about Weight

July 30, 2014
A WebMD/Sanford Health survey found that parents of teens find it more difficult to talk about weight with their child than talking about sex, drugs, alcohol or smoking.
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Celebrating Seasonality and Strengthening Culture

July 29, 2014
In his engrossing new book, The Third Plate, Dan Barber observes that our present food system is disconnected: It operates in silos: vegetables here, animals there, grains somewhere else – each component part separate from the others and unhitched to any kind of culture.
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Poised for progress on pesticides

July 29, 2014
Well, it's about time. The invisible problem of pesticide drift is on the policy radar in ways it's never been before — with changes in the wings that could protect kids and communities in very real ways. From California to the Midwest to our nation's capital, drift is now a focus of public concern and policy conversation. And as the science linking pesticide exposure to children's health harms continues to stack up, pressure to protect kids from pesticide drift is growing stronger as well. Here's the deal: In response to legal action by Pesticide Action Network and our partners — based in...
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Dear Sears and Walmart, About Your Breastfeeding Faux Pas, A New Pilot Project Could Save You (And Others) Millions

July 23, 2014
We all watched with shaking heads this week as a Sears security employee posted screen shots of breastfeeding mothers that he captured from Sears security footage on Twitter. The twitterverse unleashed its fury, citing the obvious concern about violating the privacy of these unsuspecting mothers and the obvious stupidity of an employee who should know better. The employee was fired. The fact is, when to comes to breastfeeding in public, employees of many retailers often get their companies in big trouble, with let’s say, not-well-thought-out moves. Last week, a nursing mother who claimed she...
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G is for Greens Part 3: DIY Plantable Paper!

July 23, 2014
Homemade plantable seed paper is a simple DIY project that can be done at home in a very short time. It can be used in a variety of ways. Given that I enjoy hosting parties and gathering, I use homemade plantable seed paper as memorable party favors and gift tags! What I love most about homemade plantable seed paper is that you recycle paper items that normally go to waste, like toilet paper rolls, while also providing a beautiful keepsake that will grow and provide beauty and nourishment for years to come! What you’ll need: Cardboard toilet paper rolls Seeds Food processor Hot water...
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G is for Greens Part 2: Cooking with Collards

July 23, 2014
Collards are a gift. Truly. They are easy to grow, really tasty to eat and they are FULL of nutrients (they have more nutritional value than broccoli and spinach! That's saying a LOT!). Yet, cooking collards can seem daunting, because in the store the leaves seem large and tough. And make no mistake: if you don't cook them down well, they will be chewy. But it's not hard to cook collards correctly. Here's how: Wash the leaves, and remove the stalks and stems. Chop them into 1/2" wide strips (easiest is to roll a bunch of leaves together and chop. I also use scissors). Boil a couple of inches...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: The Truth About Kids' Sports and Sport Snacks

July 23, 2014
Children's sports and sports snacks seem to go hand in hand, but should they? It's a proven fact that healthy children do better in schools . Children's sports play an integral role in keeping children healthy. It fills the gap left by the closing of physical education classes . It gets children moving in a fun, safe enviroment. It also aids in academic success . Yet, the benefits of children's sports can be offset by the snacks served during the event. Join us this Friday, July 25. 2014 at 1pm, EST on Twitter to learn the truth about children's sports and sports snacks. Hear from @CSPI , @...
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G is for Greens Part 1: Growing Mesclun and Collards

July 23, 2014
Greens get a bad rap, and it's not fair. Because they're easy to grow, they taste awesome, and they're really good for you, too! I'll admit: getting kids to eat greens can be particularly challenging, as they're something of the epitome of the "vegetable". But drawing them into the process of planting, growing, cooking, eating and, yes, crafting, can help. I'm going to share tips for bringing greens into your life, from seed to plate. First, let's look at growing greens. Here's how to get started. There are lots and lots of types of greens out there - from tender-leafed salad greens to the...
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