Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Language of Legislation

Before last Tuesday, I had thought of California’s state capitol in Sacramento as a distant place of legal lingo – not a place where my California casual accent, littered with “like” and “totally”, would be well-received.  I thought it would be a place where multisyllabic theological speak would infiltrate perfectly simple ideas. But last week, [...]

Greenwash of the Month: Chemical Company Poses as Supporter of Safe Chemicals Act

Is your chemical company getting a lot of flak for all those nasty health problems that the toxic chemicals you produce have been causing? Don’t worry!  Follow the steps below to see a great chemical company marketing tactic guide that’s sure to gain your corporation better standing as a trusted, sustainable entity:  1. Pose as [...]

The Secrets of the International Electronics Sector: Labor Rights and Occupational Health

The electronics industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economic environment, but it is also one of the least researched businesses in regards to labor practices and worker conditions. The ubiquity of uninterrupted purchasing, using, and discarding of digital technology has inevitably  increased demand for electronics manufacturing, which in turn fuels [...]

In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night, No Toxic Chemical Shall Escape Government Oversight

Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern…With all of these superhero movies coming out over the summer, it’s easy to forget one of the most important superheroes—Mom.  Many moms and parents across the country have been the champions for environmental health, at the forefront of legislative action and advocacy.  On August 10th, the mom signal went up [...]

Glyme Time is Long Overdue at EPA

A recent Environmental Health News (EHN) report notes that the EPA has proposed new rules on a class of highly toxic chemicals, more than a decade after studies demonstrated harmful health effects following exposure to the compounds. Glycol ethers, also called glymes, can cause reproductive and developmental harm, especially to exposed workers, and potentially to [...]

Keep Pesticide-Ridden Corn Off Your Dinner Plate

Monsanto’s new GMO corn, intended for the frozen and/or canned corn market. This experimental corn will not be labeled, so consumers cannot know when they may be eating a GMO food that contains a toxic pesticide in every bite. Major companies that make frozen and/or canned corn can take action to avoid Monsanto’s new crop. [...]

A Pesticide in Every Bite: Monsanto’s New GMO Corn

Last week, the biotech food giant Monsanto announced it is marketing a new variety of genetically engineered (GE or GMO) food: a sweet corn intended for sale as frozen and/or canned food. Unlike most previous GMO crops, which are primarily used for animal feed or highly processed food ingredients (like corn oil or corn syrup), [...]

What my daughter wants (and deserves) for her birthday: A toxic-free future

Tomorrow, August 11th, is my daughter Olivia’s birthday. My almost second-grader, who just finished reading the second  Harry Potter book, is turning seven. It’s hard to believe. Tomorrow we’ll celebrate this milestone in the presence of family, give her gifts, and enjoy the Brune birthday staple: ice cream cake. But today, while the rest of [...]

Free Lead Screening for Artificial Turf

A lawsuit brought by the California Attorney General (with help from CEH) against several producers of artificial turf (sometimes called indoor/outdoor grass carpet) resulted in the turf makers eliminating lead in their new products. But some older turf may still contain lead. If your children play on older turf fields or lawns, they may be [...]

Be a Super Hero for Safer Chemicals on August 10th

Are you sick of trying to avoid the many products that contain chemicals that pose health hazards to your family?  Every week, we see another study linking chemicals in our homes, schools and workplaces to cancer, infertility, autism, developmental disorders, and more.  Toxic chemicals in plastics, hazardous flame retardants in baby products, hormone-disrupting chemicals in [...]