"‘Forever Chemicals’ Found In Home Fertilizer Made From Sewage Sludge"

"Sewage sludge that wastewater treatment districts across America package and sell as home fertilizer contain alarming levels of toxic PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals”, a new report has revealed. Sludge, which is lightly treated and marketed as “biosolids”, is used by consumers to fertilize home gardens, and the PFAS levels raise concerns that the chemicals are contaminating vegetables and harming those who eat them."

Source: Guardian, 06/01/2021

"Chemical Giants Hid Dangers Of ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Food Packaging"

"Chemical giants DuPont and Daikin knew the dangers of a PFAS compound widely used in food packaging since 2010, but hid them from the public and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), company studies obtained by the Guardian reveal."

Source: Guardian, 05/14/2021

OSHA Failed to Protect Food Workers. Can a New Director Keep Them Safe?

"The federal agency largely failed people on farms, in restaurants, and in meat-processing facilities during the pandemic. Labor leaders hope Cal/OSHA’s Doug Parker will steer the ship right."

Source: Civil Eats, 05/14/2021

Court Rules EPA Must Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticide — Or Prove It Is Safe

"A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must ban a widely used pesticide linked to neurological damage in children from being sprayed on food crops, unless the agency can demonstrate safe uses for the chemical."

Source: Washington Post, 04/30/2021

“Eating Wild Japan: Tracking the Culture of Foraged Foods, With a Guide to Plants and Recipes”

A world of unique, foraged foods is at the heart of a new book, “Eating Wild Japan: Tracking the Culture of Foraged Foods, With a Guide to Plants and Recipes,” that also delves into what is being lost with large-scale farming. Our BookShelf reviewer Melody Kemp shares the joys and the worries recounted by the author, long-time SEJer Winifred Bird.

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"Toxics: FDA Rules For Baby Food Guided By Feasibility, Not Safety"

"When parents first serve solid foods to their babies, they often turn to infant rice cereal. The iron-fortified mix is nutritious and relatively easy to feed babies unaccustomed to spoons or strong flavors. But the Food and Drug Administration allows 10 times as much arsenic in this favored first food as it does in other products, like bottled water and apple juice — despite the fact that, as a neurotoxin, arsenic can have an outsize impact on babies, whose brains are still developing."

Source: E&E News, 04/09/2021

Big Meat, Dairy Companies Spend Millions Lobbying Against Climate Action

"Top U.S. meat and dairy companies, along with livestock and agricultural lobbying groups, have spent millions campaigning against climate action and sowing doubt about the links between animal agriculture and climate change, according to new research from New York University."

Source: Inside Climate News, 04/05/2021

Biden FDA Nears Limiting Toxic Heavy Metals In Commercial Baby Foods

"In the wake of a congressional report last month that found the presence of toxic metals at high levels in many baby foods, the Biden administration Friday announced the first steps aimed at reducing arsenic, lead and other toxins in baby and toddler products."

Source: Washington Post, 03/09/2021


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