Next in Soda Series: Is Soda the New Tobacco? 10/7/14

Next in Soda Series: Is Soda the New Tobacco? 10/7/14
This morning when the proposed soda taxes in San Francisco and Berkeley were discussed on KQED’s Forum, a question came up: is there even one doctor who is against a soda tax? They are sure keeping quiet. In contrast, a long list of medical, dental, and health professionals are vocal supporters of the soda tax.… Read more »

Second Event in Soda Series: Soda & Kids, 9/13/14

Second Event in Soda Series: Soda & Kids, 9/13/14
Participants left our first Soda Series event last night with tons of information about the unique ways sugary drinks are absorbed by our bodies. Panelists also shared why we need to take action: sugar sweetened beverages are contributing to an expensive and harmful diabetes epidemic sweeping through this generation. Our next event focuses on the… Read more »

Next Up in the “Soil in the City” Series: Remediating Arsenic in the Santa Fe Right of Way, 9/12/13

Next Up in the "Soil in the City" Series: Remediating Arsenic in the Santa Fe Right of Way, 9/12/13
The Santa Fe Right of Way, a stretch of open space that used to be a railway line, runs through several neighborhoods in South and Central Berkeley. It’s the site of a bioremediation project that we’ve blogged about in the past, and next week we’re running a workshop there as part of our Soil in… Read more »

BPA and Phthalates Tied to Obesity and Diabetes in Children

BPA and Phthalates Tied to Obesity and Diabetes in Children
One in six American children and teens is obese, which brings a range of other health risks, like diabetes, into their lives at an early age. A new study shows a link between phthalates and insulin resistance (which leads to diabetes), and BPA and obesity in adolescents. “Clearly unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity… Read more »

Plastic-Free Living Workshop with Beth Terry, 6/8/13

Plastic-Free Living Workshop with Beth Terry, 6/8/13
You’ve heard the news, read the stories, and detected a difference. Now you’d like to find even more ways to get plastic out of your life. It’s easier (and more fun) than you may think! In this workshop, author and community activist Beth Terry will lay out pathways for replacing plastic with less harmful materials.… Read more »