The World Health Organization has now publicly classified glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, the world’s most widely-used weed killer, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” WHO’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) decided that glyphosate is “probably” cancer-causing after researching various studies of exposure, published since 2001, mostly agricultural, in the United States, Canada, and Sweden. IARC has also noted that there’s “limited evidence” that glyphosate will cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma or lung cancer in humans, but more “convincing evidence” that the herbicide can cause cancer in laboratory animals. Unsurprisingly, Monsanto is not amused with the WHO’s stance on the safety of Roundup and Philip Miller, vice-president of global regulatory affairs has reportedly fired back, saying, “We don’t know how IARC could reach a conclusion that is such a dramatic departure from the conclusion reached by all regulatory agencies around the globe.” Although the safety of Roundup and other herbicides is widely debated, the WHO decision has been presented in an analysis in The Lancet Oncology and additionally published on the IARC website.
8 year-old campaigns for dinosaur-themed shoes for girls and receives amazing show of support from women in scienceby Cat DiStasio 03/24/15 filed under: green kids, kids clothing, news, parenting
Got a three or four year-old who just doesn’t appreciate the awesomeness that is preschool? Then heck, maybe it’s time you showed your tot how it’s done, by heading back to preschool yourself! Nope, not as a classroom parent or teacher’s aid, but as an actual enrolled preschool student. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s a reality for a few lucky grown-ups enrolled in a new preschool for adults in Brooklyn, NY. Michelle Joni Lapidos (or Miss Joni to her students) has opened up a limited-in-size, but still hyper cool preschool, dubbed Preschool Mastermind for adults out of her home in Brooklyn, NY. Lapidos says her exclusive adult preschool will not only allow grown-ups to re-learn the basics, but more importantly allow adults to “experience the ::magic:: of life as it was originally intended” complete with “preschool concepts, like sharing and friendship” plus hands-on playtime. The class schedule will include plenty of preschool essentials, such as:
- Arts and crafts
- Show and tell
- Snack time
- Nap time
- Lessons and play sheets
- Make believe
- A field trip
- And more!
In some ways, it’s easier than ever for U.S. schools to serve local food. Once upon a time, tight distributor contracts and lack of federal support made it challenging for a school to source local foods for their cafeteria menus. Changes in federal legislation in 2008 and 2010, as well as the onset of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School program, have helped schools make connections with local food producers and helped put more local foods in front of students. A progress report conducted via survey by the USDA shows that just 36% of schools across the nation are now serving some local foods in their cafeterias. Why isn’t that number higher?
We’re disappointed that big news in France hasn’t made its way to the top of U.S. headlines: the French National Assembly recently passed a law that will help to limit young children’s exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by wireless technologies. Two years in the works, the law encompasses various rules, including:
- Banning WiFi in any childcare facilities catering to children under the age of 3.
- Requiring cell phone manufacturers to recommend the use of hands-free kits to everyone.
- Banning any advertising that specifically targets youth under the age of 14.
The law, passed by a majority vote and adopted into place on January 29, 2015, is the first in France to suggest and establish that WiFi over-exposure may indeed be hazardous to young children — a controversial topic, not just in France, but around the world.
Butternut squash is full of vitamins A and C, while the seeds are a good source of magnesium, zinc and protein, so they make an ideal snack for vegans and vegetarians. For this sumptuous Roasted Caramelized Butternut Squash With Seeds and Sage we are cooking the whole thing, the squash chunks together with its seeds, so we don't waste a thing.
If you’re a fan of all things owls, then this is the perfect toy for your toddler, or a savvy baby shower gift or child’s birthday gift for an eco-minded friend. This cute block sorter is made from sustainable rubberwood in the shape of a plump little owl. The owl comes complete with a cheery face, pretty wing detail and two little feet, all of which will entice babies to play. The sorter shapes are precisely cut out slots that allow little ones to push a shape through, then hear a tiny clink when the shape falls into the base. A nifty cord across the back of Mr. Owl keeps blocks from getting lost while a hand cutout near the top makes it easy to transport this toy from room to room. Play pieces include a yellow star, green triangle, blue square, and purple circle all colored with water-based dyes. An engaging and educational toy for your baby that’s sure to create a little owl lover.
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