OUT NOW: EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ | EWG

OUT NOW: EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ | EWG

That’s why it pays to get to know where your food (and skincare) comes from and how it’s treated before it gets to you! –

WASHINGTON – All adults and children should eat more fruits and vegetables, whether they are organic or conventionally grown. With EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, you can choose healthy produce while minimizing unwanted doses of multiple toxic pesticides.

Many shoppers don’t realize that pesticide residues are common on conventionally grown produce, even after it is carefully washed or peeled. EWG’s analysis of the most recent tests by the Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent of samples of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with pesticide residues.

The USDA tests found a total of 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples analyzed. EWG’s analysis of the tests shows that there are stark differences among various types of produce. The Shopper’s Guide lists the Dirty Dozen™ fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues, and the Clean Fifteen™, for which few, if any, residues were detected.

Key findings from this year’s guide:

More than one-third of strawberry samples analyzed in 2016 contained 10 or more pesticide residues and breakdown products.

More than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, peaches, potatoes, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide.

Spinach samples had, on average, almost twice as much pesticide residue by weight compared to any other crop.

Avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest.

Less than 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.

More than 80 percent of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbages had no pesticide residues.

No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen tested positive for more than four pesticides.

Source: OUT NOW: EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ | EWG

Palm Oil Banned by Major UK Supermarket

Palm Oil Banned by Major UK Supermarket

Why we don’t use palm oil in any of our products! –

The UK supermarket Iceland has announced it will remove palm oil from all its own brand products by the end of the year due to the belief there is no such thing as “sustainable” palm oil.Increasing demand for palm oil is still having devastating effects on wildlife, habitats and people where it is grown, and sustainable palm oil schemes are failing to mitigate these impacts.

The supermarket is the first major UK supermarket to make such a move. Currently more than half of Iceland’s products contain palm oil–130 products in total–ranging from biscuits to soap. Iceland has already stated it has managed to find alternative recipes for more than half of the products.

While other UK supermarket chains, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose, have pledged to only source sustainable palm oil certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in their own brand products, Iceland has gone one step further by totally removing it. It states that it cannot guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest destruction and believes that there is no such thing as “sustainable” palm oil. Earlier this year, researchers documented that 100,000 orangutans have been in lost in 16 years, partly due to land conversion to oil palm plantations.

Source: Palm Oil Banned by Major UK Supermarket

Popular Beer and Wine Brands Contaminated With Monsanto’s Weedkiller, Tests Reveal

Popular Beer and Wine Brands Contaminated With Monsanto’s Weedkiller, Tests Reveal

Yikes! Do we all know what’s going into our favourite tipple? –

The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers.

Moms Across America released test results of 12 California wines that were all found to be positive for glyphosate in 2016. We tested further and released new findings last week of glyphosate in all of the most popular brands of wines in the world, the majority of which are from the U.S. and in batch test results in American beer.

What do these events all have in common? Monsanto’s Roundup.French molecular biologist Gilles-Éric Séralini released shocking findings in January of 2018 that of all the Roundup products they tested, over a dozen had high levels of arsenic—over five times the allowable limit along with dangerous levels of heavy metals.

Source: Popular Beer and Wine Brands Contaminated With Monsanto’s Weedkiller, Tests Reveal

Lavender and tea tree oils could be giving boys breasts, scientists warn | The Independent

Lavender and tea tree oils could be giving boys breasts, scientists warn | The Independent

Why we’re so so careful about dosages! And we never use any essential oil which isn’t absolutely safe for babies – and only in the smallest, safe dosage –

Exposure to lavender and tea tree oils could be causing young boys to develop breasts, as they contain chemicals which can mimic the effect of female hormones, scientists have warned. American researchers have identified chemicals in essential oils used in soaps, cleaning products and home remedies that could explain why boys have developed a condition called prepubertal gynecomastia.The condition, where men abnormally grow breasts, is rare before puberty but has become increasingly common. Doctors are looking closely at common chemicals in the environment dubbed “endocrine disruptors”, which interrupt the production and action of hormones – the chemical messengers of the body.

Source: Lavender and tea tree oils could be giving boys breasts, scientists warn | The Independent

Knowing What’s in Your Supplements – The New York Times

Knowing What’s in Your Supplements – The New York Times

We think the same about all food and skincare! Getting to know your producer, and ensuring that what they say goes into it actually does, is vital! –

Last week, the New York State attorney general’s office uncovered another example of what appeared to be widespread fraud in the dietary supplement industry. The office accused four of the country’s biggest retail stores of selling herbal products that in many cases were contaminated or did not contain any of the herb listed on the label. For many readers, the news raised an urgent question: Which supplements can I trust? Experts say that there is no guarantee that supplements will do what they say they do, or that they are safe or won’t interact with any medications you may be taking. But there are several steps people can take to give themselves some reassurance that at least some of the supplements they buy actually contain what they advertise on the label – and nothing else.

Source: Knowing What’s in Your Supplements – The New York Times

New research shows why babies need to move in the womb

New research shows why babies need to move in the womb

Why those kicks are a lot more than just about letting us know they’re there! –

Scientists have just discovered why babies need to move in the womb to develop strong bones and joints. It turns out there are some key molecular interactions that are stimulated by movement and which guide the cells and tissues of the embryo to build a functionally robust yet malleable skeleton. If an embryo doesn’t move, a vital signal may be lost or an inappropriate one delivered in error, which can lead to the development of brittle bones or abnormal joints.

Source: New research shows why babies need to move in the womb