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Pesticides linked to low sperm count

Biplane Crop Duster spraying a farm field.I have several friends that have struggled to conceive.  It seems as if the problem is growing. There are even billboards now for fertility specialists.  Could something in our environment be to blame?

Scientists have found a “strong association” between exposure to pesticides and lower sperm counts in males.

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Hank D and the Bee: Bee keeping…

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Hank D and the Bee: Bee, the Reluctant Canary


More on the declining health of bees: Have Bees Become Canaries In the Coal Mine? Why Massive Bee Dieoffs May Be a Warning About Our Own Health (AlterNet)
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Hank D and the Bee: Bee in past tense: been.

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EPA Cleans House, Industry Fights Back

by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Executive Director/CEO
Healthy Child Healthy World
www.healthychild.org

The Environmental Protection Agency is cleaning house. Last week, Administrator Lisa P. Jackson released hundreds of chemical studies, which were formerly kept secret from the public as confidential business information.

This week, National Public Radio reported that the EPA released information on pollution violations at more than 1,600 power plants, which expose communities to benzene, formaldehyde, mercury and other hazardous chemicals. According to NPR, at least 300 of these—considered “high priority violators” for at least 10 years—were on a secret EPA “watch list” until now.

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Green Back to School: Avoid the Antibacterial, Triclosan Hand Soap

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My kids started school last week.  Schools can be toxic places. From pesticides and herbicides used outdoors to harsh chemical cleaning products used inside, our children are exposed to many toxins while getting an education.

One area of concern that you can easily change is the soap used for hand washing. Schools promote hand washing to keep children healthy.  Unfortunately, the soap provided is often anti-bacterial containing harmful ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and triclosan.  My son can’t handle either of these products on his skin.  I think of his skin sensitivity as the canary in the mine for the rest of us.   [Read more…]

EWG’s 2011 Dirty Dozen: Apples Top the List

Not every family can afford to eat 100% organic.  Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes their dirty dozen list. These are the top 12 foods to avoid when grown commercially because of heavy pesticide use.

Fruit and vegetables are a very important part of our diet, and EWG cautions that the list should not be used to simply avoid eating your them.  Commercially grown is better than not at all, but if you have a choice, these are the 12 foods to chose organic:

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Hank D and the Bee: Spring–a time of wonder

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Hank D and the Bee: Free Weed Killer for ALL!

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Hank D and the Bee: A Wendell Wedgie

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Babies Exposed to Levels of Pesticide 800% Higher Than EPA’s Level of Concern

babygirlwithorangepacifier_3_300Twenty –five years ago, more than 2,000 people were poisoned by Aldicarb, a highly toxic pesticide used on cotton and several food crops. It was the biggest case of pesticide poisoning in US history. Local officials recommended a ban, to no avail, and Aldicarb has merely been under “special review” with the EPA for more than 25 years. But, finally, action is being taken.

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5 Green Products: Soapwalla Organic Face & Body Products to Stainless Steel Mini Easy Cream Whipper

soapwalla1.  Soapwalla Organic Face & Body Products

We love featuring Etsy merchants, and Soapwalla is no exception!  Chef Rachel Winard explains:

SOAPWALLA was born in my Brooklyn apartment kitchen one evening, after months of unsuccessfully hunting for face and body products that wouldn’t aggravate my sensitive skin issues caused by lupus.

Soapwalla organic skincare products are designed to cleanse without stripping the oils that our skin naturally produces. These oils form part of our bodies’ natural immune defense system, and are essential for optimum skin health. 

I use organic, food-grade ingredients and pure essential oils, never questionable additives such as sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or harsh and synthetic ingredients.

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Hank D and the Bee: Dandelions–The Ever-Important Weed

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Pesticides Linked With Childhood Leukemia

Like we needed one more reason to keep nasty pesticides away from our homes and children. They’re linked to respiratory problems and asthma. And a recent study shows that children up to age 7 have a harder time ridding their bodies of the chemicals.

Now a new study shows that kids with childhood leukemia have elevated levels of household pesticides in their urine. The study was performed at the Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

These aren’t industrial-level pollutants, either. These are everyday chemicals people pick up at the hardware store and use in their very own backyards.

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