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Let's make our schools healthy & safe!

May 5, 2011
Like any parent, when I drop off my kids at school, I want to trust they'll be safe. Safe from violence, safe from bullying, safe from diseases and pests — and safe from pesticides that can cause them harm. As evidence continues to pile up that pesticides can harm children's health and development...
Kristin Schafer's picture

Why Are We Afraid of the "E" Word?

May 4, 2011
As a writer and activist, I subscribe to numerous newsletters and have given to countless causes. Here is a sample of what was in my inbox on Tuesday, May 3: "Each year, the first week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week — a chance to say thank you to the teachers who work long hours helping our...
Elisa Batista's picture

A Mother's Day Gift

May 2, 2011
This piece was cross-posted at the Moms Clean Air Force. I was recently thinking about Mother’s Day gifts from my sons over the years. Those wonderfully awkward clay sculptures they brought home from grade school; the colored drawin gs and the poems they write. And when they got a bit older, and...
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Cancer-free strawberries, please!

April 28, 2011
Turns out people really don't like their strawberries messed with. The recent uproar about a new cancer-causing chemical in strawberry fields started here in California. It's since gone nationwide – and if you want to help keep strawberries cancer-free, there are plenty of ways to join in . Here's...
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Tired of Toxic Chemicals? We've Got a Solution.

April 28, 2011
Over this past year, we've learned more and more about the problem of toxic chemicals. In 2010, the President's Cancer Panel showed a link between exposures to toxic chemicals and rising cancer rates. (1) Six months later, new research from the Journal of Pediatrics showed that a recent rise in...
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What I Want for Mothers Day is for Our Leaders To Stand Up for Us

April 27, 2011
About a year and a half ago, I testified before a California senate committee in support of a bill that would stop mandating -- not ban! -- the use of toxic flame retardants in certain baby products. Studies have linked these toxic chemicals, also known as "halogenated flame retardants" or HFRs,...
Elisa Batista's picture

A Time For Reflection on Restoring the Gulf Coast

April 22, 2011
Yesterday was the one-year mark of the BP oil disaster. It has been a busy week. A week of reflection mixed with a renewed sense of urgency for all of us to create more sustainable communities. Our country can’t afford, financially, socially, environmentally or even emotionally, to suffer another...
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Review: Raising Elijah

April 21, 2011
As co-founder and co-publisher of, I receive many books and products to review. I recently received an advance copy of Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children In An Age of Environmental Crisis , which is now available in hardcover on for $16.91. First, a couple thoughts...
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BPA: The Reality Show

April 21, 2011
20 people. 5 families. Fresh food intervention. How low can their BPA levels go? It sounds like the premise for a reality show. But there are no over-the-top TV antics here. Last week, the Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute released a study which tested the levels of the toxic chemical...
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Biggest Budget Cuts in History: The Impact on Latinos

April 19, 2011
Last Friday, after nearly shutting down the government, Congressional leaders agreed to a short-term budget deal that will cut $38 billion in spending for the last 6 months of this fiscal year. The spending cuts are the largest in American history and will likely have a disproportionate impact on...