Topic: Food

Trump Threatens Our Drinking Water

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One of the real luxuries of our time, that even our grandparents might remember differently, is going to the tap and getting a glass of clear, refreshing water. In the U.S., our government is responsible with making sure our water stays clean and safe. This is one of the reasons we established the Environmental Protection…

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Fulfilling the EPA’s Mission, In Spite of Pruitt

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Last week, the Senate approved Donald Trump’s pick of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new chief Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in a 52-46 vote, mostly along party lines. In the end, Senator Susan Collins from Maine was the only Republican who voted no (you can thank her via twitter @SenatorCollins for…

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A Once-in-a-Century Pesticide (that Probably Causes Cancer)

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On Friday, a World Health Organization panel of scientists from 11 countries announced their decision to list glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, as a probable human carcinogen. In particular the panel noted the links between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as well as a study showing the chemical caused DNA and chromosomal damage…

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The Good and Bad News About BPA

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The toxic plastics chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) has recently been in the news again. For CEH, BPA exemplifies many of the more problematic aspects of our country’s approach to harmful chemicals in everyday products, and a look at the history and science around BPA is instructive for all who are working to end toxic health…

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Summer Recipes from Our Staff

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We have compiled a few of our staff’s favorite, organic recipes for you to try. Take a look and happy cooking! Sue Chiang, Pollution Prevention Co-Director –East Indian Rice & Lentils Soup (and/or Split Peas) Ingredients: 3 T Olive Oil ½ to 1 med onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1-1/2 C lentils, etc. (I…

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2013 Safer Holiday Shopping Guide

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Good news! We tested this year’s top 12 toys and found no heavy metal problems in any of them.  Get the full scoop on which companies made the good list, and which made the bad: Get the 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide PDF here!  

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Breaking Bad, The DNA Files

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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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Toxic Chemicals Come Alive at The Toxies!

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What if the nastiest chemicals found in your cleaning products, makeup, and even pesticide-laden foods came to life?  Well, they do, in this year’s 4th Annual Toxies web series. Not only do the most loathsome chemicals that wreak the most havoc come alive as wacky characters before your eyes, a journalist is there to find…

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Another Toxic Pesticide On Your Strawberries?

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The cancer-causing chemical chloropicrin is one of the most common pesticides used on strawberry farms. California has proposed new rules on the chemical, but the rules won’t adequately protect children and families. Urge California’s top pesticide regulator to create strong rules on this toxic strawberry pesticide to produce safe food for our families.

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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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