WHO declares that the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, "probably" causes cancer

by 03/24/15   filed under: health & body, kids health, news, toxins

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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.

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8 year-old campaigns for dinosaur-themed shoes for girls and receives amazing show of support from women in science

by 03/24/15   filed under: green kids, kids clothing, news, parenting

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Preschool for ADULTS now in session in Brooklyn, NY! (Nap-time included!)

by 03/24/15   filed under: eco play, education, green education series

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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:

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5 reasons you should NOT give your kids real bunnies, chicks & ducks for Easter

by 03/23/15   filed under: eco toddler, green family, green holiday ideas for kids, green kids, parenting

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Why aren't more schools serving locally grown foods?

by 03/23/15   filed under: education, food, green education, green kids, kids health

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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?

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France bans WiFi in childcare facilities that cater to children under age 3

by 03/23/15   filed under: green kids, health & body, news

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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.

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HOW TO: Make roasted caramelized butternut squash with sage

by 03/22/15   filed under: cooking, how-to, recipe, vegan cooking

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Toddlers will get a hoot out of the PlanToys Owl Sorter

by 03/21/15   filed under: eco play, eco toddler, green baby gifts, green toys

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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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HOW TO: Dye Easter eggs naturally with your kids

HOW TO: Dye Easter eggs naturally with your kids

Supplies You’ll Need An array of colorful veggies, fruits and other items found in nature. Use organic items when possible, but you can experiment with fresh, frozen or canned…

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The Patchery custom-made clothing for kids: you design it, they sew it!

The Patchery custom-made clothing for kids: you design it, they sew it!

TweetEmail The Patchery is the brainchild of Amber Gunn Thomas, and she founded the company with her husband, Ryan Thomas. As they explain: “The story starts, as all…

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8th graders create a 'Frozen' inspired 3D printed robotic hand for a 6 year-old girl

8th graders create a 'Frozen' inspired 3D printed robotic hand for a 6 year-old girl

TweetEmail Six year-old Ariah, a student in California, has received a new prosthetic hand inspired by a Disney movie, and amazingly designed and created by a group of…

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Wearable rope vest turns parents into the most popular and portable jungle gym in town

Wearable rope vest turns parents into the most popular and portable jungle gym in town

TweetEmail Our kids climb all over us all day long: while waiting to pick up big brother at school, in line at the grocery store, even at the park despite there being loads of…

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LEGO Club Magazine is doling out beauty advice to young girls and parents are rightfully outraged

LEGO Club Magazine is doling out beauty advice to young girls and parents are rightfully outraged

TweetEmail LEGO is now offering beauty advice to young girls, and attempting to teach them about getting the “right” haircut for the shape of their face. How did “a toy…

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The Children's Woodshop Bus has been traveling around San Diego since 1974 to teach kids woodworking skills

The Children's Woodshop Bus has been traveling around San Diego since 1974 to teach kids woodworking skills

Sheila learned basic woodworking skills from her patient and diligent husband after asking him to build something for their son. Her husband told her that she could learn and develop…

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HOW TO: Make vegan, organic marshmallow Peeps for Easter

HOW TO: Make vegan, organic marshmallow Peeps for Easter

TweetEmail Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients 1 3/4 cups organic sugar 1 cup water 3/4 cup organic light corn syrup 1/4 cup organic powdered sugar 4 tsp agar agar powder 1…

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Father photographs daughter dressed-up as heroic black women after they study their lives and stories

Father photographs daughter dressed-up as heroic black women after they study their lives and stories

TweetEmail Marc Bushelle is a New York-based photographer, and what began as a family project to celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month has turned into…

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Announcing the winners of the 2015 Fairy Tales competition - where architectural projects are inspired by fictional stories

Announcing the winners of the 2015 Fairy Tales competition - where architectural projects are inspired by fictional stories

Incredibly, this year Blank Space, an online architectural platform, received a whopping 1,200 participants from 65 countries for the 2015 Fairy Tales competition. The winners, along…

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Hansa stuffed animals are an ethical alternative to live bunnies, chicks and ducks this Easter

Hansa stuffed animals are an ethical alternative to live bunnies, chicks and ducks this Easter

TweetEmail If your little one is obsessed with the idea of receiving a sweet Easter animal this spring, make sure you give him or her one of these realistic Hansa stuffed toys…

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