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BPA From Cans Messes With Your Ovaries (Mother Jones, 9/27/12) New evidence that BPA can disrupt women’s reproductive systems, causing chromosome damage, miscarriages, and birth defects. New triggers found for weight gain (Chicago Tribune, 9/30/12) A burgeoning area of research suggests that air pollution, sleep deprivation, and other factors might lead humans to gain weight. […]

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Yes, that's a plate of sardines, and he ate them all.

School Tuna Contains Excessive Mercury

Last week, Environmental Health News reported that canned albacore tuna purchased by U.S. schools contains more mercury than what government officials have reported. A child who eats two medium servings of albacore tuna per week could be exposed to as much as six times the dose that federal guidelines consider safe. Children should avoid eating […]

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What’s that stuff in my bra? (Grist, 9/17/12) Invoking the precautionary principle when it comes to foam rubber bras: “Why cloak ourselves in maybe-yucky polyurethane all day when we could reduce our reliance on petroleum and chemicals by investing in a nice, simple, organic-cotton number?” In the wake of studies showing high levels of arsenic […]

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Important News: Arsenic in Rice

Two reports came out today showing that many popular rice foods are contaminated with arsenic. Arsenic is a known human carcinogen and the EPA assumes that there is no “safe” level of exposure to inorganic arsenic. The U.S. is the world’s leading user of arsenic. Residues from lead-arsenate pesticides linger in agricultural soil, though their […]

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Common plasticizer linked to childhood skin problem (Environmental Health News, 9/12/12). A study shows that children with higher prenatal exposures to the phthalate BBzP are at greater risk of developing eczema before age 2. Study links phthalates to asthma (Plastics News, 9/7/12). The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in NYC found that children between […]

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Is organic food just a marketing scheme aimed at affluent consumers? A Stanford study and the media’s coverage of it indicate as much. Here’s the NYT’s original coverage: Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce. Scientists “concluded that fruits and vegetables labeled organic were, on average, no more nutritious than their […]

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Early puberty? Girls exposed to household chemical menstruate earlier, CDC study finds. (Environmental Health News, 8/31/2012) Federal scientists found that girls exposed to high levels of dichlorobenzene, a solvent used in some mothballs and solid blocks of toilet bowl deodorizers and air fresheners, had their first period seven months earlier than girls with lower exposures. […]

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Big Chem, Big Harm? (NYT, 8/26/2102) Nicholas Kristof writes that the big chemical companies have blocked any serious regulation of endocrine disruptors. He continues, Like a lot of Americans, I used to be skeptical of risks from chemicals like endocrine disruptors that are all around us. What could be safer than canned food? I figured […]

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