Charles Margulis

Baby-Poisoning Rat Pesticide Company Now Killing Babies with New Product

If you think that’s a rejected headline from an especially twisted edition of The Onion, think again. In fact, this is exactly what’s happening with the massive British home products company Reckitt Benckiser (RB). You may have never heard of the company despite its nearly $13 billion in annual sales, but you’ve probably heard of…

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Book Review: Modern Poisons

When I spoke to John Warner, a founder of the field of green chemistry, for the CEH podcast, he made the observation that in educating chemists, the toxicology of the compounds they are creating is rarely considered. In a chemistry class at any level, he said, ask the chemists to describe a compound they are…

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CEH Legal Action: Be Safe When You Vape

CEH has been receiving questions about our recent legal action against companies that make e-cigarettes and vaping products. We welcome an open exchange on the topic. Below are some responses to the more frequently asked questions. Q: Do you want everyone to stop using e-cigarettes and vaping products? A: CEH does not oppose the use…

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Black Lives Matter & Environmental Justice

Several CEH staff were interested in taking part in a conversation around the issues raised by the Black lives matter movement and our work in environmental health and justice. Among the leading tenets of environmental justice is the dictum, “we speak for ourselves” (it’s even the title of the 1990 book edited by Dr. Robert…

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Dumb Ways To Lie

We recently announced that three major mall stores continue to sell lead-tainted purses, belts and shoes, even years after they agreed to stop. Many of you sent emails to the stores to demand change. If you emailed the companies, you may have received a response from one. The response from Wet Seal CEO Steve Benrubi…

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Breaking Bad, The DNA Files

One day I was a mild-mannered high school biology teacher, content to share my love of all things genetic with the mumble-mouthed, underwhelmed adolescent cretins known as the Class of 2035. Most of my students wouldn’t know Watson and Crick from Abercrombie and Fitch, but that didn’t stop me from extolling daily the virtues of…

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GMO Food Labeling: Lies and the Lying GMO Food Liars Who Tell Them

It’s no surprise that Monsanto and their agribusiness and Big Food industry friends are spending upwards of $40 million to keep Californians in the dark about genetically modified (GMO) foods. Their anti-Prop 37 campaign intends to run nonstop TV, radio and (if they could) subliminal-beamed-into-your -brain messages designed to scare you about this simple ballot…

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From Dolly to Dinner: Your Right to Know

In California, voters have a chance next month to take a stand for our right to know when our food has been genetically modified, whether in plants or animals, by voting YES on Prop 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. GMO foods are currently found in 70% of packaged foods in conventional…

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Green Windows or Green Washing?

Buying energy efficient windows is a win-win:  the environment wins because less energy need be generated through the burning of fossil fuels, and the consumer wins by saving money on energy bills.  It’s no surprise, then, that many homeowners are willing to pay a higher price for windows that claim to be energy efficient.  What…

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Speaking Truth on Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

Last week, CEH staff testified at a hearing of the California State Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. The Committee met to learn about toxic flame retardant chemicals used by many furniture and baby products makers for compliance to California’s flammability standard. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown called for a revision of that standard…

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