Tag: California

GMO Salmon: What's the Catch?

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This week, a California State Assembly committee will vote on a bill (AB 88) to require labeling of genetically modified (GMO) fish. In response to the potential FDA approval of GMO salmon, California must take this opportunity to protect state consumers’ right to know what is in our food. Take action! Call on your state…

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Decision Time for Governor Brown: Stop Methyl Iodide Now!

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It’s not too late for Jerry Brown to save thousands of farms from being doused with the highly toxic methyl iodide.  But he must act fast.  Fumigation season is near for many non-organic California farmers, and already the toxic pesticide has been applied to a garden nursery, two pepper farms, and an almond orchard in…

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You and I vs. Money

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You may never have heard of Arysta LifeScience, the largest privately-held agrochemical company in the world. You’re more likely to have heard of Arysta’s most infamous product, methyl iodide. It’s a frighteningly toxic pesticide that has just been used for the first time in California. Arysta is a wealthy enough company that it hires big…

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Environmental Health California Voter’s Guide

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Of all the propositions on the ballot this November, there are two that you should make sure to watch out for if you care about environmental health. Big out-of-state oil, tobacco, and alcohol companies paid big bucks to have Proposition 23 and Proposition 26 added to the California ballot this year. These two propositions both…

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We Did It! The Cadmium Ban Passes in CA

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Thousands of CEH members around the California came together last month and told the state Assembly that kids’ jewelry should never be toxic. Our work forced the jewelry industry to eliminate lead threats, but some jewelry makers responded by substituting cadmium, another toxic metal, for the lead they could no longer use in children’s jewelry….

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Tell the Governor: Reduce Pesticide Use, for School Children and Workers' Health!

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Pesticide use is so prevalent in our country that these intentional poisons are nearly everywhere. Don’t want to take my word for it? There’s no need to: cautious, understated, and matter-of-fact reports from conservative government agencies verify that pesticides pollute our food, our water, and our bodies. That’s why I want to ask Californians to…

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CEH Stands Up to Ban Cadmium

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Last week, the Center for Environmental Health and State Senator Fran Pavley led supporters in Sacramento, urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign the bill to ban the toxic metal cadmium, from children’s jewelry. This bill would cap cadmium use at 300 parts per million. CEH brought our x-ray florescence machine along to test parents’ and their…

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Our Voices, Our Power: Communities United to Stop Dirty Energy

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This year, two Texas oil companies are leading a group of out-of-state polluters, pushing Proposition 23 – a deceptive ballot measure that would repeal California’s landmark climate change law. What’s it all about? Four years ago, California passed the groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce the state’s contribution to climate change, placing the state…

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Eco-Tip: Avoiding BPA in Baby Products

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Sadly, the California legislature failed last month to pass a ban on the harmful chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in infant bottles, cups, and food containers. Scientists are doing an extraordinary amount of research about BPA, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest news. Here’s a short summary from a pediatrician from Dartmouth…

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Victory for California: Los Angeles Rules in Favor of the Clean Truck Program

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It’s about time.  In a tremendous legal victory for clean air and workers’ rights, a CA district judge has ruled in favor of the Los Angeles Clean Truck program.  The Clean Truck program allows the Port of Los Angeles to enforce all provisions of one of the most effective diesel reduction programs in the country!…

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