Caroline Cox

Don’t Take the Bait!

When my kids were little, one of their favorite holiday stories was about a starving mouse who ate the (leather) organ bellows in a church and in doing so ruined the traditional holiday service. But miracles do happen, and the children’s choir, who had been pretty tone deaf, was suddenly singing Silent Night in gorgeous,…

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You and I vs. Money

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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Standing Up for Safe Strawberries

My sister is an organic farmer in southern California. Sometimes she grows strawberries, and I have occasionally had the incredible privilege of eating freshly picked strawberries for Christmas dinner. Those strawberries are a piece of paradise, but my sister’s family, as well as families in all strawberry-growing areas, now need your help. This is an…

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Eco-Tip: How to Reduce BPA in our Bodies

It’s likely that you’ve heard of BPA, a toxic chemical that damages genes and disrupts our hormones. If you’ve tuned in to the alphabet soup of toxic chemicals, you may also have heard of DEHP, another toxic chemical that causes cancer and interferes with our ability to have healthy children. There’s good news about these…

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Schwarzenegger Terminates Science, Law in Approving Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide

When the California Department of Pesticide Regulation acted last month to approve use of the strawberry pesticide methyl iodide, the department gave a thumbs up to use of a cancer-causing pesticide an expert panel had said was too dangerous for use. Dr. John Froines, ¬†chair of the committee of scientists that reviewed methyl iodide, said,…

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Government Agency Chooses Money Over Health: Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide Methyl Iodide Approved in CA

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation just announced its decision to approve the use of the cancer-causing strawberry pesticide methyl iodide. Ignoring the recommendations of expert scientists, and the concerns of thousands of Californians, this agency has shown once again that money is more important than California’s health. Thanks to all of you who added…

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Say No to Cancer-Causing Strawberry Pesticide!

You may remember last May when many of you (actually over 50,000 people around the state) helped us tell Governor Schwarzenegger that we didn’t want the dangerous pesticide methyl iodide approved for use in California. The primary use of this cancer-causing chemical will be to grow strawberries, despite the large, flourishing organic strawberry industry in…

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Eco-Tip: It's Hard to Like a Bed Bug

If you had a contest to design an obnoxious critter, the winner might very well be a bed bug. They feed on our blood. They make us itch. They hide out in (or near) our beds, which after all should be places for rest and relaxation. And there’s more. In the US, we’re having what…

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Eco-Tip: Ten Everyday Toxics to Avoid

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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Lead in Your Shopping Bag?

Wegmans, a major grocery store chain in New York and nearby states recently announced that some reusable shopping bags that have been sold in its stores contain lead. Independent testing by the Empire State Consumer Project showed that these bags contain more lead than the standards set by “Toxics in Packaging” laws that many states…

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