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Better Air at Home

The air inside your home can be much more heavily polluted than the air outside. But don’t look to the Environmental Protection Agency for protection. The only clean air standards the EPA enforces are the ones that apply to the out-of-doors. Within your home, the enforcement job is yours. Indoor pollutants range from sulfur dioxide […]

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12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2013)

When it comes to fruits and veggies, there are 4 things the Environmental Working Group (EWG) wants you to know

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To Help Save Monarch Butterflies, Buy Organic

I was devastated to learn last week that the number of monarch butterflies who made it to their winter stomping grounds in Mexico plunged 59%

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12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2012)

Try the 12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic for 2013 instead. More up-to-date! Fact: You cannot get rid of all the pesticides on conventionally grown fruits and vegetables simply by washing them. In the latest government tests analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), pesticides were found on 68 percent of food samples after […]

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Campbell’s Soup to Phase out BPA, but How and When

After months of pressure from consumers and public health organizations led by the Breast Cancer Fund, Campbell’s Soup Company has announced plans to phase out use of the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in its can linings. As the world’s largest canned soup producer, Campbell’s can play a major role in reducing exposure to BPA, […]

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Keep Drugs out of Drinking Water

Disposing of old, expired and/or unneeded medications is tricky. You don’t want kids, teens or pets to get a hold of them (or drug abusers for that matter), so you might think the old recommendation to flush them down the toilet is good advice. But this practice solves one problem only to create another. With […]

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12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2011)

Try the 12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic for 2013 instead. More up-to-date! Pesticide residues often remain on produce even after you wash it. Therefore, it’s best for your health and your family’s to buy organic fruits and vegetables. If you can’t afford to by everything organic, the best strategy is to focus on […]

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BPA-free Receipts

Starting next month, you will be able to tell whether the receipt you’ve been handed is BPA-free by checking for red marks on the back. Red marks = BPA-free. This move is courtesy of Appleton, the largest thermal paper maker and only manufacturer of BPA-free receipts in the U.S. It is beginning to add red […]

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12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic (2010)

Try the 12 Most Important Foods to Buy Organic for 2013 instead. More up-to-date! Last weekend, I got a friendly warning from a farmer at our local Greenmarket. Holding up the big, beautiful bell pepper I’d selected, he said, “You may find a little friend inside.” Friend? I cast an uncomprehending look at him. “We […]

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Safe Bug Spray for Kids and Adults

Is it safe to use an insect repellent on your kids — or yourself — that contains DEET? And are there any safe and effective alternatives? IN SHORT: DEET-based bug repellents may carry some risk, depending on the concentration of DEET in the product and the individual’s health and chemical sensitivity. For a safer, effective […]

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