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In the News

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 the ages of 5 and 9 who are exposed to two types of phthalates found in personal care products have an elevated risk of asthma symptoms.

Where Cows Are Happy and Food Is Healthy (NYT, 9/9/12) Cows don’t need antibiotics and pharmaceuticals if they’re given pasture and kept clean. Happy cows make healthier milk.

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In the News

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 conventional counterparts, which tend to be far less expensive. Nor were they any less likely to be contaminated by dangerous bacteria like E. coli…. The researchers also found no obvious health advantages to organic meats.”

Yet the study makes a case for organic with a number of points. Organic produce, researchers found, was much less likely to retain traces of pesticides. Organic chicken and organic pork were less likely to be contaminated by antibiotic resistant bacteria than their conventionally raised counterparts. Plus, the study found that organic milk contained more healthful omega-3 fatty acids.

I’m not the only one scratching my head. [...]

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Let Us Eat Local

Tickets are on sale for Let Us Eat Local, an annual tasting event in NYC on October 3 that benefits Just Food, a non-profit that works to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all New Yorkers. Purchase your tickets by August 15 for a discount.

I ate so much delectable food at last year’s event that I nearly had to be rolled out the door. I was pregnant with Fergus and skipped the specialty cocktails, but the folks from Organic Valley sent me home with a carton of organic milk.

Can’t attend? Host a local-themed dinner party at home. Invite your guests to bring a dish that features at least one locally raised ingredient, and spread the word about Just Food’s mission.

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The Ripple Effect of Choosing Organic

In response to “Pesticide Linked to Brain Abnormalities,” Alex makes an important point about eating organic. [...]

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Pesticide Linked to Brain Abnormalities

The National Academy of Sciences reports that babies exposed in utero to the common insecticide chlorpyrifos have brain abnormalities after birth. The lead author of the study says that while the chemical’s use was banned in residential areas 12 years ago, many women are still exposed in agricultural settings and through food residue. Potential exposure […]

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Sweet William in The Big Easy

We arrived Sunday for an extended stay in New Orleans, my husband Willy’s hometown. The first thing we did was take Sweet William and Fergus to their first crawfish boil, hosted by Build Now, the nonprofit organization Willy founded to build new homes for people who lost theirs in Katrina. William devoured a pile of […]

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Arsenic (and More) in Chicken

A while back, I highlighted a report about arsenic in chicken. It’s fed to chickens because it makes their flesh an appetizing shade of pink. I don’t care that the levels are low: arsenic is poison and I’m not going to knowingly ingest any amount of it. I certainly won’t feed it to my babies. […]

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50% off at NatureShop

NatureShop has a 50% off sale on organic clothing for babies. Most items ship from the UK, but shipping is free. Fergus has several of their organic onesies in both cotton and merino wool. They’re very pretty. If I had a girl, I’d order this darling pink kimono dress (for $14.98).  

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