Pesticide-free Schools – Inside & Out!
    October 18, 2012
    Pesticide-free Schools – Inside & Out!

    All across the country, many states and school districts have decided that pesticide-free schools are better for children’s health – and that doesn’t mean schools are overrun with bugs or playin…

    Top 10 Ways to Protect Kids from Pesticides
    October 17, 2012
    Top 10 Ways to Protect Kids from Pesticides

    Last week, Pesticide Action Network released A Generation in Jeopardy, an easy-to-read — but deeply disturbing — report that highlights the latest science linking pesticides and children’s healt…

    childhood_health_harms
    October 16, 2012
    Reduce Pesticide Use at Home – and Then Do More

    New evidence from researchers across the country shows that pesticides are harming our children. As a mother of two teenagers, I know we can take steps at home to reduce our family’s pesticide expos…

    childrens_health_harms_on_the_rise
    October 15, 2012
    New Report Shows Children Are Sicker and Pesticides Are One Reason Why

    Today's children are less healthy than they were a generation ago, and science shows that pesticides are contributing to the trend. This is the core finding of a new report from Pesticide Action Netwo…

    Dietary Advice to Address Arsenic Concern
    September 25, 2012
    Dietary Advice to Address Arsenic Concern

    I'd like to thank co-author Ashley Koff, RD for her initiative on this issue. More of her work can be seen at AskleyKoffApproved.com. You’ve heard the news, and in sets panic. Have I been inadverten…

    What Can Be Done to Protect Against the Impact of Fire Retardants?
    September 14, 2012
    What Can Be Done to Protect Against the Impact of Fire Retardants?

    There are two big questions in the fight against flame retardants: How do I protect my own family and how do I make a difference for the future of our planet? (more…)…

    Do Flame Retardants Prevent Fires?
    September 13, 2012
    Do Flame Retardants Prevent Fires?

    According to the peer reviewed paper, Flame Retardants in Furniture Foam: Benefits and Risks, the California standard TB117 has not been shown to improve fire safety and is thus presenting an unneces…

    How Are We Exposed to Flame Retardants?
    September 12, 2012
    How Are We Exposed to Flame Retardants?

    For many chemicals, diet is the primary concern. Not so for most flame retardant chemicals. But how are we exposed? (more…)…

    Who is Most Vulnerable to the Impact of Flame Retardants?
    September 11, 2012
    Who is Most Vulnerable to the Impact of Flame Retardants?

    Flame retardants, including Chlorinate Tris, Firemaster 550, and PentaBDE, are found in the foam inside upholstered furniture in order to meet California regulations -- the must be able to withstand e…

    What’s the Problem with Flame Retardants?
    September 10, 2012
    What’s the Problem with Flame Retardants?

    Flame retardants, applied to the foam inside 80% of upholstered furniture in the United States, may not save lives. In fact, during a fire they will burn in seconds and give off the toxic gases that a…

    Tending the Garden Within
    June 19, 2012
    Tending the Garden Within

    One of my favorite gardening activities is digging potatoes. Rich soil hides delicious, nutritious gems like the ones in the image above from our garden. (more…)…

    A Model Home
    May 9, 2012
    A Model Home

    Being a mom makes you see the world in a new light. We want to make the world a better place for our children. And often that starts with the home. Many of us don’t realize that the very chemicals w…

    Jessica Capshaw for Moms Clean Air Force
    May 4, 2012
    Jessica Capshaw for Moms Clean Air Force

    I’ll admit it. I’m addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. My dad was a surgeon, and as a kid I really wanted to go to medical school when I grew up. But I couldn’t even get through premed. Advanced calcu…

    May 3, 2012
    Raffi, Moms Clean Air Force, Mother Love & Regulations

    Recently, the musician/philosopher Raffi visited us online at Moms Clean Air Force and left a generous, kind, enthusiastic vote of confidence about our work. We were thrilled. Raffi's music was as muc…

    Julianne Moore for Moms Clean Air Force
    May 2, 2012
    Julianne Moore for Moms Clean Air Force

    The generosity--and genuine concern--of moms never ceases to amaze me. Out of the blue I wrote to Julianne Moore, knowing she is an activist mom, asking her if she would help us spread the word about …

    Why I’m Fighting for Clean Air
    May 1, 2012
    Why I’m Fighting for Clean Air

    I’m what you might call an Older Mom. I’m 55, and my kids are in their twenties.  I guess they’re now officially “adult children”, out of the house and living on their own. But you know wha…

    Naptime Activism
    April 30, 2012
    Naptime Activism

    No one knows busy better than a mom. I've got dear friends who have just had twins, and after a day with the infants, I'm exhausted. And I don't have even have night duty. (more…)…

    Raising Daughters in an Age of Precocious Puberty
    April 19, 2012
    Raising Daughters in an Age of Precocious Puberty

    A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article, “Puberty Before Age 10: A New Normal?” that begins with a story about a young girl hitting puberty at age six. After struggling to underst…

    How Can We Protect Our Kids If We Don’t Know What We’re Trying to Protect Them From?
    April 17, 2012
    How Can We Protect Our Kids If We Don’t Know What We’re Trying to Protect Them From?

    Recently, we heard from a mom who was struggling to learn about what ingredients were used in her daughter’s diaper. She had contacted the major manufacturer and the response was close to this:  …

    Capture the Last Bits of Value in a Compost Bucket
    April 13, 2012
    Wildly Affordable Organic Kitchen Containers: Capture the Last Bits of Value in a Compost Bucket

    As an organic gardener, I've read more tributes to the healing power of compost than a person should in a lifetime. Compost heals the soil! It keeps valuable, soil-building material out of the landfil…