pesticides

5 Chemicals You Shouldn’t Have in Your House

Posted on 04/15/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIn honor of Earth Day (April 22), lots of folks would like us to think about the common chemicals we’re exposed to daily that we may not realize could affect our health. For example, have you checked the ingredients on that antibacterial soap in your shower? Or wondered about the safety of Fifi’s flea collar? The environmentalists at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have, and they’ve issued a report called “The Five Stupidest Chemicals That Shouldn’t Be in Your …

Sense of Wonder Contest – Cast your vote on the intergenerational entries!

Posted on 09/18/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThese are truly some of the most beautiful, touching (and even hilarious) photos, essays and poems I’ve ever seen and read. Considering they’re created by teams of inter-generational partners for the 2012 Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest makes them even more worthy of your visit to the site…and your vote. (I’m partial to the dance video “Macro Hunt Anthem”, but don’t let me influence you.) Honoring the 50th anniversary of her ground-breaking, society-changing book Silent Spring, this annual contest gives us a chance to …

Before You Bite: News About Organic Tomatoes, Walmart Corn

Posted on 08/22/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe juiciest tomatoes and the sweetest corn are two of summer’s most anticipated gifts, which is why we were both happy and troubled to read the latest health news on both those favorite foods. First, the good news. You may want to spend a little more to eat organic tomatoes, a new study suggests, because they have a higher level of antioxidants than conventionally grown ones. Researchers from the University of Barcelona and the Institute of Health in Spain compared …

Pesticides-in-Produce List: Sweet Corn vs. Peaches

Posted on 06/21/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe Environmental Working Group just released its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue, plus the “Clean 15″ list of produce that is lowest in pesticides. Considering all the luscious summer produce showing up in the supermarket and farmers’ markets, we had to know: Are those fresh ears of super-sweet corn on this year’s pesticide list? What about the plump, juicy peaches we love? Or the overflowing pints of dusky blueberries? And the answer: Good …