Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Friday, August 6, 2010

Weekend Reading, Fun -- and Apps


On Wednesday, Michelle Obama had an opinion piece in The Washington Post about the importance of passing the Child Nutrition Act. Read it and then call Congress.

If you're packing up for your family's vacation, you may want to read this sunscreen report from the Environmental Working Group on the best and worst sunscreens and how to avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals.

This article in Scientific American lays out the research and pending legislation around the links between chemicals in common household products with cancer and other illnesses.

Read about the recall by Kelloggs of a number of popular kids cereals because a chemical contaminant had leached from the packaging into the food making people sick. This report also details how little we know about how safe food packaging is -- yet another reason to avoid processed, packaged food where you can. In many schools, Kelloggs cereals are served for breakfast.

The cover story in this month's Consumer Reports is entitled "The 12 Most Dangerous Supplements" along with an article rating multivitamins. At newstands now or online with a subscription.


Plan an eco-friendly cook out. Subscribers to the WSJ can read the whole article here which suggests grass-fed beef for the grill, hot dogs from Applegate Farms, reusable or compostable tableware and where to get lump charcoal made just from wood without extra chemicals.

Apps (Does this count as 'Fun'?)

You can get an app for your iPhone from that gives you a list of the conventional produce most likely to have high levels of pesticides. They also have a paper wallet-sized version if you prefer. Click here.


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