From Sacramento Bee: Legislators Missed Chance to Fund Market Match, Ecology Center’s Healthy Food Program

From Sacramento Bee: Legislators Missed Chance to Fund Market Match, Ecology Center's Healthy Food Program
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board published an opinion piece this weekend that says law-makers in Sacramento fumbled when they let AB 2385 die in the Appropriations Committee. The proposed bill would have had a lot of bang for its buck, by establishing a fund that would allow California to receive matching federal funds. The combined… Read more »

Why Soda-Tax Battles Matter in the Fight Against Obesity

Why Soda-Tax Battles Matter in the Fight Against Obesity
A recent op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle lines up the scientific reasons why sugary beverages are linked to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health concerns. The quick snapshot is that soda and other sugary drinks deliver huge quantities of glucose and fructose directly to our bloodstream, overloading our pancreas and liver. Fructose gets… Read more »

Victory for Safer Sofas!

Victory for Safer Sofas!
Good tidings! The Center for Environmental Health announced that Gov. Jerry Brown approved new standards that protect everyone’s health, by limiting unnecessary exposure to toxic flame retardants. This is a toxicity in the home issue that we have been following for quite some time. Let’s take a moment to celebrate that we can start getting… Read more »

EU Bans Insecticide Fipronil to Protect Bees

EU Bans Insecticide Fipronil to Protect Bees
Fipronil has been added to the list of pesticides banned in the EU in an attempt to halt declining bee populations. Bee colony collapse has been linked to use of a certain class of pesticides, called neonicotinoids. Head to this article in the Guardian for more on Europe’s move. We posted a few weeks ago… Read more »

Tell Congress to Save America’s Pollinators

Tell Congress to Save America's Pollinators
Beyond Pesticides is championing a new effort to create national protection for bees and insect pollinators. The proposed bill comes after 50,000 bees died in an Oregon parking lot last month, due to application of neonicotinoid pesticides. Read their call to action, contact your congressperson, and spread the word! On July 17th, Representatives John Conyers… Read more »