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I think this is fantastic – check it out:

On the sunny but chilly first day of spring, Obama joined about 25 fifth-graders from Bancroft Elementary on the South Lawn at three picnic tables set with baskets of apples and thermoses of hot cider. The children, who also work in a garden at school, were given shovels, pitchforks and wheelbarrows to help prepare the garden, where as many as 55 fruits and vegetables will be grown year round for use in the White House kitchen. The students will be invited back to the White House to plant seedlings, then again to harvest and learn how to cook with the fresh produce.

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burts-beeAn interesting article on trusted organic brands and who really owns them. I’ll certianly think a bit harder during my next shop…

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pigsJust read this about pathogens in pork and how the use common of antibiotics in the food chain is becoming problematic. It really scares me and makes me now want to take all pork out of our diet. We don’t eat a lot to begin with but all of this is so scary – and that it’s all starting to get cross-contaminated is even more frightening. When will the US and other countries stop these practices by agribusiness that is industrializing, and thereby, ruining our food supply. I don’t give my kids antibiotics unless it’s absolutely necessary because I believe they are being overused and am fearful of them becoming resistant to it, in fact my second has never been on them, but how can I protect them from being exposed by food (here’s an article on the increase of resistant staph infections in children).  I’m becoming more and more consumed by thoughts of what Nicholas Kristof writes below and I’m still searching for alternatives. Obama recently vowed to make food safety improvement a priority – I sure hope so…

We don’t add antibiotics to baby food and Cocoa Puffs so that children get fewer ear infections. That’s because we understand that the overuse of antibiotics is already creating “superbugs” resistant to medication.

Yet we continue to allow agribusiness companies to add antibiotics to animal feed so that piglets stay healthy and don’t get ear infections. Seventy percent of all antibiotics in the United States go to healthy livestock, according to a careful study by the Union of Concerned Scientists — and that’s one reason we’re seeing the rise of pathogens that defy antibiotics.

These dangerous pathogens are now even in our food supply. Five out of 90 samples of retail pork in Louisiana tested positive for MRSA — an antibiotic-resistant staph infection — according to a peer-reviewed study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology last year. And a recent study of retail meats in the Washington, D.C., area found MRSA in one pork sample, out of 300, according to Jianghong Meng, the University of Maryland scholar who conducted the study.

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Just read this article confirming the use of carnicgens in baby products:

More than half the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products analyzed by a health advocacy group were found to contain trace amounts of two chemicals that are believed to cause cancer, the organization said yesterday.

Some of the biggest names on the market, including Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo and Baby Magic lotion, tested positive for 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde, or both, the nonprofit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported.

The chemicals, which the Environmental Protection Agency has characterized as probable carcinogens, are not intentionally added to the products and are not listed among ingredients on labels. Instead, they appear to be byproducts of the manufacturing process. Formaldehyde is created when other chemicals in the product break down over time, while 1,4-dioxane is formed when foaming agents are combined with ethylene oxide or similar petrochemicals.

I’ve known about this being likely for some time and check many of the products we use against the skin deep database. This new research confirms that there are trace amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in over half of all infant care products.  Use the database and see if what you are using is safe…

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