Became Mommy Greenest while pregnant with 3rd baby.Already had two kids: Didn’t realize chemicals in food, household cleaners, even shampoo!Discovered HCHW, EWG, Safer Chemicals movement.Changed responsibility to children, family and community.
Became annoying: Take off shoes reduces 85% of lead, pesticides & dirt.85% of pollutants such as lead, pesticides and fertilizers from entering your home—and the air inside it.Source: WebMDhttp://blogs.webmd.com/health-ehome/2009/03/leave-dirt-at-the-door-how-taking-off-your-shoes-can-improve-your-health.html
Resistance from friends and family.“We grew up with chemicals and we’re okay.”Are we?
Babies now born with 200+ industrial chemicals in their bodies.Source: CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/
80,000 industrial chemicals registered for use in commerce.In household products under the kitchen sink, in the bathroom.None tested for children’s safety.
One of the most dangerous classes of these chemicals are pesticides.EPA estimates 80% of exposures take place indoorsOne source is pest eradication products.Source: EPAhttp://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidestory.html
The other is food.Conventional apples can containthe residue of 56 different pesticides. Source: EWGhttp://www.ewg.org/foodnews/press/
Pesticides linked to serious heath problems such as autism, asthma, pediatric cancer and more.
1 of 88 kids diagnosed on autism spectrum.600% increase over past 20 years.
Asthma up 200% in 20 years.Most common childhood disorder: 9 million kids under 18.Disproportionately black and latino children, 60% more at risk for asthma than white children, and three times more likely to die from asthma as adults
Pediatric cancer up 30% in 30 years. Now the leading disease killer of children.More than asthma, diabetes, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, and birth defects combined.
Pesticides even affect unborn children.2012 study published by the National Institutes of Health: Dangers of common pesticide exposures in homes, not in fields = dangers of cigarette smoking during pregnancy: Lower birth weight and earlier labor. Source: NIHhttp://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.1104615
“Natural” “healthy” even plain old “organic” don’t have to mean anything when it comes to chemicals like pesticides.Only USDA Certified Organic = regulated by the government to not contain pesticides or other chemicals.Such as genetically-engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH), found in American milk but banned in Europe and Canada because of cancer links. Source: Prevent Cancerhttp://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/general/milk.htm
Yes, organic food is a little more expensive: A gallon of milk is about $2 more.Source: Consumerist
The average American spends more than $2 per day on coffee. Wouldn’t you give up a cup each week to make sure what your kids drink every day is pesticide-free? Source: Consumerist
Eliminating chemicals and pesticides from your home can be very inexpensive:Red pepper for ants; white wine and dish soap for fruit flies.
The FDA found warm water and soap works as well or better than pesticide antibacterials and antimicrobials like triclosan.Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/20/business/triclosan-an-antibacterial-chemical-in-consumer-products-raises-safety-issues.html?pagewanted=all
The Environmental Working Group publishes an easy list of the “dirty dozen” foods to avoid, unless they’re organic.If your family simply eats organic or avoids these 12 fruits and veggies altogether, you can reduce their overall pesticide exposure by 80 percent.And then there are the “clean fifteen” that you don’t have to worry about. When in doubt, go for things you can peel by hand. An orange over an apple. Corn over a potato.
There’s a lot of bad news out there. It can be tempting to bury your head in the sand. I know I did, for a while.
But taking small steps can be so empowering and can make a difference.For example, a study published in National Institutes of Health: One day organic food, children are able to eliminate most organophosphorus pesticides from their bodies.Imagine what you could do in a weekend!Source: National Institutes of Healthhttp://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.8418
And making these changes are so important for all of us.Even for those of who don’t have children:30% of our population but 100% of our future.
What Parents Need to Know About Pesticides: A Five-Minute Guide to Protect Your Kids for Life, from MommyGreenest.com
What Parents Need to KnowAbout PesticidesAFive-Minute Guide to Protect Your Kids For Life
Until I had my third baby, I didn’t know that there could bepesticides in food and cleaners — even the soap thatI’d used with the first two!
I did some research and learned things like taking offyour shoes prevents 85% of dirt — including toxinslike lead and pesticides — from entering yourhome. Source: WebMD
As I shared this information, my friends and family weren’tconvinced. “We grew up with chemicals and we’reokay,”they said.
But are we? Today, babies are born with200+ industrial chemicals in their blood. Source: Centers for Disease Control
There are 80,000+ industrial chemicals approved for use inour household products and none have been tested forchildren’s safety. Source: Environmental Working Group
One of the most dangerous classes of these chemicals arepesticides. 80% of our exposure occurs indoorsthrough products like these… Source: Environmental Protection Agency
…but also through food. Today, an apple can contain asmany as 56 different pesticides. Source: Environmental Working Group
Pesticides have been linked to serious health problemssuch as autism, asthma and pediatric cancer. Source: Centers for Disease Control
Today, autism affects 1 in 88 children — that’s a600% increase over the past 20 years. Source: Centers for Disease Control
Asthma now impacts 9 million kids — including black andlatino children, who are 60% more at risk and threetimes more likely to die from the condition as adults. Source: Centers for Disease Control
With rates up 30% in 30 years, pediatric cancer is now theleading disease killer of children. It’s more lethal thanasthma, diabetes, AIDS, cystic fibrosis and birth defectscombined. Source: National Cancer Institute
Pesticides even affect unborn children. The dangers ofcommon pesticide exposure are equal to those of smokingduring pregnancy: low birth weight and early labor. Source: National Institutes of Health
Going shopping? Sadly, “natural” and “healthy” don’t meanmuch: Only USDA Certified Organic is regulated by thegovernment not to contain pesticides — as well as otherchemicals like rBGH, found in American milk butbanned in Europe because of cancer links. Source: Prevent Cancer
But can you afford pesticide-free? Yes, organic food can beexpensive: A gallon of milk is about $2 more. Source: Consumerist
The average American now spends more than $2 each dayon coffee. Wouldn’t you give up a cup a week to make surewhat your kids drink every day isbetter for them? Source: Consumerist
Plus, eliminating pesticides from your home can actuallysave you money! Instead of costly commercial products, tryred pepper to deter ants and wine for fruit flies. Source: Healthy Child Healthy World
Warm water and soap work as well or better thanpesticide antibacterials or antimicrobials like triclosan. Source: Federal Department of Agriculture
When it comes to food, simply avoid the Dirty Dozento reduce your family’s pesticide exposure by 80%. Source: EWG
Concerned? It can be tempting to bury your head in thesand like an ostrich — I know I did, for a while.
But small shifts can make a huge difference: After just oneday of eating organic food, children can eliminate mostpesticides from their bodies. Source: National Institutes of Health
And making these changes are so important — even forthose of us who don’t have children. Kids are only 30% ofour population, but they’re 100% of our future!
Inspired? Thank you for every step you take tocreate a better future — for all of us.