Vinyl Shower Curtains Release 100 Toxic Chemicals
June 13, 2008 10:13 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

As many as 100 toxic chemicals associated with adverse health effects are released into the air from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) shower curtains. These chemicals make up that "new shower curtain smell" unique to PVC vinyl shower curtains and shower curtain liners, according to "Volatile Vinyl: The New Shower Curtain's Chemical Smell."

FDA has tomato Salmonella reports in 17 states
June 12, 2008 09:25 AM - Reuters

U.S. health officials said on Wednesday they are still receiving reports of people falling ill from eating Salmonella-tainted tomatoes and that they now have 167 reported cases from 17 states. Representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they are continuing to search for the source of the Salmonella outbreak, which has hit New Mexico and Texas the hardest.

USDA Refuses to Admit What 50 Million Organic Consumers Know: Organic Food is Healthier
June 12, 2008 09:08 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Mum's the word among federal officials about the health benefits of eating organic foods. The Department of Health and Human Services defers questions about organic foods to the Food and Drug Administration. But the FDA has no policy on organics because it says they're the domain of the Department of Agriculture, which will admit to using the "o-word," but says its mandate is simply to regulate use of the certified organic label, not to judge the relative benefits of organic versus conventional foods.

Living near green areas doesn't mean more exercise
June 11, 2008 09:37 AM - Reuters

Living near green space makes little or no difference in how much people exercise during their leisure time, Dutch researchers said on Wednesday. In fact, people who live closest to green areas in urban or rural areas walk and cycle less often and for shorter amounts of time than other residents, they reported in the journal BioMed Central Public Health.

Organic Milk from Pasture-Fed Cows Contains Higher Levels of Beneficial Nutrients
June 5, 2008 09:05 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Cows that graze on fresh pasture produce milk with higher levels of antioxidants and beneficial fatty acids, such as conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3's, as shown by a recently published study from Newcastle University in the UK. "Grazing dairy cows on grass or grass and clover swards produces milk with a healthier fatty acid profile and higher levels of fat soluble vitamins and antioxidants," notes Gillian Butler, livestock project manager for the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group at Newcastle University, who led the study.

Cell Phone Use During Pregnancy Can Seriously Damage Your Baby
June 4, 2008 09:54 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Women who use mobile phones when pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with behavioral problems, according to a study of more than 13,000 children. Pregnant women using the handsets just two or three times a day was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age.

Fears Grow with Polycarbonate Chemical Bisphenol-A
June 3, 2008 09:51 AM - , BuildingGreen

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used to make polycarbonate and epoxy plastics, has come under fire recently for its status as an endocrine disruptor. The chemical is commonly used as an ingredient in consumer products, particularly reusable water bottles, baby bottles, plastic dishware, tooth fillings, and canned-food liners.

Even low levels of air pollution may pose stroke risk
May 31, 2008 08:06 AM - University of Michigan

Short-term exposure to low levels of particulate air pollution may increase the risk of stroke or mini-stroke, according to findings that suggest current exposure standards could be insufficient to protect the public.

Most caregivers of young children lack basic knowledge of potentially toxic household products
May 30, 2008 08:07 AM - Wiley-Blackwell

According to a new study, knowledge of potentially toxic household substances among primary caregivers for young children is alarmingly poor. The results show that less than one-third of primary caregivers for children under the age of six could correctly estimate the toxicity of household poisons. The study is being presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s 2008 Annual Meeting.

Experts Admit Food Prices & Mass Hunger for the Poor Will Continue for Next Decade
May 29, 2008 09:09 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) noted in a press release from yesterday that, "The latest Food Outlook indicates that the food import bill of the Low Income Food Deficit Countries (LIFDCs) is expected to reach US$169 billion in 2008, 40 percent more than in 2007. FAO calls the sustained rise in imported food expenditures for vulnerable country groups 'a worrying development,' and says that by the end of 2008 their annual food import basket could cost four times as much as it did in 2000.

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