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20 U.S. States Fail CSPI's School Foods Report Card

20 U.S. States Fail CSPI's School Foods Report Card

Twenty states have failed the Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual school foods report card, and nearly two-thirds received grades of "D" or lower. The biggest factor in keeping grades so low this year was a lack of health standards for so called "competitive foods," which are any foods and beverages sold in schools that don't fall under the school lunch plans. Most schools now have vending machines offering such items as flavored water, sodas, and potato chips.

December 5, 2007

HealthyToys.org Helps Parents Keep Their Kids Playing Safe

HealthyToys.org Helps Parents Keep Their Kids Playing Safe

This holiday season, toy safety has been in the headlines more than any year in recent memory. The steady stream of toxic toys that has hit the news in the past six months leaves parents with plenty of reason to be concerned about whether the toys their children will be receiving this year are coated in lead paint, or contain other dangerous chemicals.

December 5, 2007

Holiday Parties and Decor Sled into Eco Consciousness

Holiday Parties and Decor Sled into Eco Consciousness

Tis the season of office parties and celebratory gatherings of the family clan and friends. Whether it’s a mega-party event like a museum opening or a small get together with friends in a city apartment, parties this season are decked in eco-friendly green. The trend-setting party planners and designers of New York are taking parties into eco-consciousness with verve and gusto.

December 3, 2007

Dangerous Chemicals in Recalled Pet Food

Dangerous Chemicals in Recalled Pet Food

In early 2007, owners began reporting that their cats and dogs mysteriously died after eating tainted pet food. Menu Foods issued a recall, but for months, it was unknown why pets were having kidney failure. Veterinarians began to share information and the FDA found melamine (used to make plastic) and cyanuric acid (used to chlorinate pools) in the food. Neither is approved to be used in pet foods and raises questions about how pet food is produced and how owners can protect their pets from future problems.

December 2, 2007

Can Farm Fish Be Organic?

Can Farm Fish Be Organic?

The National Organics Standards Board recently met to decide whether farmed fish can qualify for the government's organic label. For many proponents of organic food, the debate provides another example of the watering down of both the concept and labeling of 'organic' food.

November 30, 2007

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Don't Buy It

  • Racial profiling and discrimination
  • Weapons-maker. Multiple environmental offender.
  • Genetic Engineering and Monopolistic behavior = Monsanto
  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.
  • Unethical marketing of baby formula in developing nations