Environmental Tips

IN YOUR HOME-REDUCE TOXICITY

Eliminate mercury from your home by purchasing items without mercury, and dispose of items containing mercury at an appropriate drop-off facility when necessary (e.g. old thermometers).
Learn about alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals.
Buy the right amount of paint for the job.
Review labels of household cleaners you use. Consider alternatives like baking soda, scouring pads, water or a little more elbow grease.
When no good alternatives exist to a toxic item, find the least amount required for an effective, sanitary result.
If you have an older home, have paint in your home tested for lead. If you have lead-based paint, cover it with wall paper or other material instead of sanding it or burning it off.
Use traps instead of rat and mouse poisons and insect killers.
Have your home tested for radon.
Use cedar chips or aromatic herbs instead of mothballs.

 

 

Nasty Stuff

Monsanto Weed Killer Contaminates Food

A peer-reviewed Massachusetts Institute of Technology report published in the scientific journal Entropy points to evidence that residues of glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, manufactured by Monsanto and sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food.  The residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemicals and toxins in the environment known to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers.

Reuters reports that environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosphate is harming plants, people and animals.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a standard registration review of glyphospate to determine by 2015 if its use should be limited.  Yet Monsanto continues to claim the glyphospate is safe and less damaging than other commonly used herbicides.

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