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Remember, Gina: It's about the kids.

May 8, 2013
We hear the Senate may consider confirming EPA's new leader this week. As we wait on the final vote, I've been thinking about what I'd say to Administrator-to-be Gina McCarthy if I had a chance to take her out for coffee and a chat, as she gets ready to step into her new role. Three things come to...
Kristin Schafer's picture

Got Kids? Skip the Pesticides. Doctors’ orders!

April 30, 2013
If your pediatrician recommends eating more fruits and vegetables, what they really mean is to eat organic fruits and vegetables. Last fall the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) published a report on pesticides that can be summed up in just one sentence: “Children’s exposures to pesticides...
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Useless Baggage

April 28, 2013
They’ve hit a new low. Citing significant concerns about long lines at airports and flight delays caused by the furlough of air-traffic controllers, Congress is allowing the Federal Aviation Administration to override strict sequestration rules and re-direct funds within its budget. And they did so...
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Tell Retailers: No More Hazardous 100+ Chemicals!

April 25, 2013
Does this supermarket scene sound familiar? I’ve got a shopping list in my hand, an empty fridge back home, and a wailing toddler at my side whose having a full blown supermarket meltdown. I don’t have time to meander in the aisles: I have dinner to make, a toddler to soothe, and five minutes...
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ADHD & autism rates up, again. Prevention anyone?

April 17, 2013
Experts at CDC recently released another round of data on how many kids in the U.S. are affected by autism and ADHD . The numbers are, once again, dramatically up. One in five boys are now diagnosed with ADHD by the time they reach high school. And one in 50 kids are on the autism spectrum, up from...
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Thanks for Helping Pass A Preliminary MD Pesticide Reporting & Information Law!

April 9, 2013
Recent editorials in the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun underscored what YOU have been telling our Maryland legislators the past few months- we need a pesticide use reporting data base! It takes a village to pass a good bill and you all are important members of our village. Thank you for...
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Healthy environment for healthy children

March 28, 2013
Recently I and other land advocates from all over the country had the pleasure and honor of meeting with congress, senators and house or representatives from around the country to discuss and lobby for land laws that would affect urban agriculture, community gardens and the usage of green open...
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We're down to the wire in Maryland

March 12, 2013
We’re down to the wire. Industry has defeated the Maryland Pesticide Reporting Act three times . If we want a win, we need to use our outside voices, and we need to use them now. Moms across Maryland are worried about the impact of dangerous toxic chemicals on their families’ health. We’ve got a...
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Insisting on the Right-to-Know Pesticides in Maryland

March 8, 2013
You would think getting a sane right-to-know bill passed in the Maryland legislature right now would be a done deal—right? Not so much. Industry opposition has killed a safe, sane and not-at-all burdensome Pesticide Reporting and Information Act, currently being considered by Maryland legislators, the three previous times it’s been introduced. Our public health and environmental experts, who are working to protect us, have been denied data to help them determine which pesticides may be impacting our children’s health and our waterways. This bill will provide them with that knowledge.
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Are We Sending Our Kids Mixed Messages on Junk Food in Schools?

March 7, 2013
In today’s MomsRising blog carnival on junk-free schools, you’ll be reading about all kinds of ways to make sure snacks and other foods sold in schools are better for our kids. But we could be completely undermining those efforts without even realizing it – if we don’t start addressing another...
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