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Saturdays in the Garden: Tiny Insect Inhabitants & Organic Care for the Ecosystem

Venture inside the organic garden gate and you’ll find a bustling world of tiny inhabitants.  These insects create an ecologically diverse community, giving to and receiving from various plants what each needs for survival.  Sure, an imbalance of pests can threaten a crop. That’s why integrated pest management is the ideal aim of organic gardeners. […]

Continue Reading By on May 31, 2014 in agriculture, environment, environmental health, family, farm, garden, gardening, organic, outdoor, parenting, pesticides, safer chemicals, toxic, wildlife

Missouri Researchers Crowdfunding Second Phase of Fracking Health Study

Scientists at the University of Missouri are asking for your help with the second phase of an urgent health study to confirm the link between specific fracking chemicals and endocrine disruption.  Their first phase of work has detected reason for concern about endocrine disrupting waters near an area of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in […]

Continue Reading By on April 8, 2014 in endocrine disruptors, energy, environmental health, fracking, science

Research Uncovers Clues to Fracking Health Concerns

A woman plans for a healthy pregnancy, watches what she eats and lives a generally healthy lifestyle. Could living near the site of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas increase the chances of health complications for her and her child?  Because developing babies are so vulnerable, scientists are trying to unlock answers about chemical exposures related […]

Continue Reading By on April 7, 2014 in endocrine disruptors, energy, environmental health, fracking, pregnancy, research, science, toxic

Arkansas Residents Lose Struggle to Keep “Treated” Fracking Wastewater Out of Streams

Arkansas residents have lost their case to protect public waterways from legal dumping of “treated” fracking wastewater.  Earlier this year, an administrative law judge ruled in favor of Southeastern Energy Corporation or SEECO, owned by Southwestern Energy. SEECO sought its permits in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and now has permission to […]

Continue Reading By on April 1, 2014 in Arkansas, clean water, environmental health, fracking

#CleanWater Twitter Party in support of #MizzouFrackingResearch

Maybe you’ve heard the expression “something’s in the water” mentioned in a lighthearted way.  We say it to explain a seemingly harmless but mysterious idea like why several of our friends are having baby showers all at once.  What if something in the water could seriously lead to fertility problems, birth defects and other health […]

Continue Reading By on March 31, 2014 in birth, childbirth, children, clean water, endocrine disruptors, environment, environmental health, fracking

Mom of Poisoned Kids Asks if We’ve been MisLead

WELCOME to the Flour Sack Mama community! Have one out of three of America’s children been lead poisoned at one time or another?  Are government-approved levels of lead contamination really safe for our kids today?  When did the lead industry first know its product was dangerous? Mother of four Tamara Rubin explores these and other […]

Continue Reading By on March 31, 2014 in children, environmental health, home, lead poisoning, parenting

EPA Responds to Environmental Advocates, to Set Rules on Coal Ash Disposal

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking long-awaited steps to determine the safest way of dealing with coal ash waste from United States power plants.  More than 136 million tons of the stuff is produced each year in the US per government estimates.  The EPA has responded to a coalition of environmental watchdogs by agreeing to […]

Continue Reading By on February 7, 2014 in energy, environmental, environmental health, toxic, Uncategorized

Unacceptable Levels Screenings Soon in Texas, Louisiana, California,Tennessee

Does it seem acceptable to you that our babies are born prepolluted with traces of toxic chemicals and that Americans carry some of the globe’s highest levels of toxins in our blood? The independent film about a young family’s quest to understand how so many toxic chemicals got into our bodies might be coming to […]

Continue Reading By on January 27, 2014 in endocrine disruptors, environment, environmental health, health, safer chemicals, toxic

National Stroller Brigade Promotes Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families!

You’re busy enough to barely find time for weekly shopping.  Do you need to spend an extra hour just reading over the ingredient labels?  Some parents feel they do these days, as the latest science and health information points to toxic chemicals used to make products we buy for our homes.  If you think it’s […]

Continue Reading By on October 29, 2013 in chidren, environmental health, families, safer chemicals, Uncategorized