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The Secret Cost of Eating Cheap

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Being a college student, I probably know best how draining a trip to the grocery store can be on the wallet. Between trying to buy organic and avoiding junk food, the cost of just two weeks’ worth of groceries can reach triple digits. Sometimes it’s tempting to fall back to the “college student diet” and…

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The Big Lie: Prop 37 and Lawsuits

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People should have the information they need to choose whether or not they buy genetically modified (GMO) food, so it’s been disturbing to see the lies perpetrated by Monsanto and their anti-choice allies working against Prop 37, the California GMO Right-to-Know Ballot Initiative. Prop 37 would inform consumers with labels on genetically modified (GMO) food….

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Non-Toxic Halloween Candy: To Protect Your Health, Be Picky and Choosy

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You may have heard by now that CEH has found dangerous levels of lead in some types of plum and ginger candy.  We’ve taken legal action against eight retailers and distributors of plum and ginger candies, urging the companies to take immediate action to get the products off of store shelves. But Halloween is right…

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Sham "Organic" Shampoo – Dubious Labels on Personal Care Products

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The tremendous growth of the organic market has unfortunately fostered the growth of some fishy organic claims. In the organic food sector, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has strict standards, and organic certifiers are generally good about validating organic label claims. But when it comes to personal care products, USDA has failed to establish…

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Warning: Your Baby Contains Toxic Chemicals!

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Crossposted at SupernaturalMom.com Hundreds of toxic chemicals, including PCBs, DDT, endocrine disruptors, and dioxins — to name just a few — are showing up in mothers’ and their newborn babies’ bodies. These chemicals, found in everyday household products, can get absorbed during a typical morning routine. Consider this scenario:  the pregnant mom awakens after a…

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Monsanto's Superweeds Come Home to Roost

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There’s been much recent news about Monsanto paying farmers to use its competitors’ herbicides, in what many see as a last ditch effort to address the spread of superweeds created by the company’s “Roundup Ready” (RR) GMO crops. Environmental scientists warned even before Monsanto’s “herbicide tolerant” GMO crops were approved that they would hasten the evolution…

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Moving Past Pinkwashing: Breast Cancer Prevention Means Eliminating Toxics

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Today I bought a yogurt and opened it up to find a pink ribbon on the back of the lid next to the words “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.  For the last few years, these pink ribbons have been omnipresent in everything from media to food product packaging during the month of October.  So, are all…

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Eco-Tip: Ten Everyday Toxics to Avoid

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Have you seen USA Today’s brand new health magazine Fresh? The first issue includes a list of “Top 10 toxins and how to protect your family.” When a widely-read mainstream publication like USA Today tackles a topic like this, everyone in the environmental health movement is pleased. If USA Today had asked me to write…

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Ohio Victory! Court Rules GMO Milk is Inferior to Natural Milk

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Last week an Ohio court gave supporters of natural, non-GMO food a tremendous victory. In reviewing two decades of scientific evidence, the court found that milk produced using Monsanto’s GMO hormone rBGH is inferior to natural milk, and thus the state could not create burdensome labeling rules on food companies that mark their dairy products…

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Conscious Food Choices, Beyond Pesticide Residues

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I buy local food (except bananas, of course. And mangoes. And the occasional Roquefort.) I eat a plant-based diet (other than the matzoh ball soup from Saul’s, because what’s a little chicken broth now and then?). I even have a chicken coop in the backyard (ok, it’s been 6 months and I still haven’t gotten…

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