Caroline Cox

Help Minnesota Mom Get Pesticide Spray Out of Her City's Parks!

In cities and towns across the country pesticide-free parks provide healthy and good-looking places for families, kids, and pets to play. There are almost 100 parks without pesticide spray in the Pacific Northwest and there are many more in other parts of the country. You can help Andrea Stish, in Rochester, Minnesota, to get pesticide free parks…

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Amy Brenneman, Actress and Mom, Takes on BPA Labeling

Is BPA (bisphenol A) just one more acronym in the alphabet soup of chemical names that we all hear about from time to time? Well, yes it is. But it’s also one of the scarier parts of the alphabet soup. For starters, it’s one of the most widely used chemicals in the world – two…

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Cadmium in Jewelry Gets Headlines Again

“Feds muff kid cadmium in jewelry crackdown“— Justin Pritchard, Associated PressBureaucratic inertia, too much acceptance of industry claims, a small budget, and a small staff of inspectors combine to make the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s efforts to remove toxic cadmium-containing jewelry from store shelves less than effective. So says the Associated Press, that has just published the…

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Artificial Turf: A Synthetic Chemical Stew

In the 1960s, my high school (I’m giving away my age) had what is probably best described as a pathetic football field. Patchy grass that was almost as much sand as it was grass; decrepit bleachers that had room for a couple hundred people; and a small but enthusiastic crowd for game nights. My high…

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Californians: Stop the Secret Spraying!

Remember the apple moth? The crazy days of apple moth eradication in 2007 may seem far away. Was it just a nightmare? Or did the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) really try to spray pesticides out of airplanes onto ten million people in an attempt to kill a nondescript brown moth? A moth…

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CEH Finds Lead in Ginger and Plum Candies

For all of you who are fond of ginger and plum candies, this is an important message. Please share it with everyone you know who enjoys these treats. For the last couple of months CEH has been buying and testing ginger and plum treats, especially at stores that specialize in Asian food. We’ve found that these…

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If You Can't Say It, Don't Put It On Your Nails!

Phthalates (say “thal-lates”) are a family of chemicals used in a wide variety of products, including food packaging, cosmetics, nail polish, perfume, and flooring. An elite team of health professionals from a trio of high-powered research institutions (Harvard, the University of Rochester, and the University of Michigan) just published a compelling analysis about diabetes and exposure…

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CA Recognizes Cancer-Causing Chemical Used in Shampoos

California keeps a list of chemicals known to cause cancer and/or reproductive health problems. State scientists update the list as new studies emerge on chemicals, often chemicals found in common household products. Last week, California officially identified a chemical known as cocamide DEA as a cancer-causing chemical. What’s cocamide DEA? It sounds like coconut, right?…

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CDC Makes Welcome Decision to Protect Kids from Lead Poisoning!

The leading public health agency of the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just made a welcome decision to protect children from lead poisoning. Responding to a decades-long effort by health advocates and physicians, the CDC says it will change its definition of what constitutes an elevated level of lead in…

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Ten Reasons Not to Use Pesticides- 2012 Edition

Have you ever wanted to explain to your neighbor why it would be a good thing if he didn’t use chemicals on his lawn? Or explain to the principal at your child’s school why you’d rather she didn’t ask the custodian to spray for ants? Or remind yourself why it helps the whole planet if…

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