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Do Pesticides Harm Children’s IQ and Behavior?

Do Pesticides Harm Children’s IQ and Behavior?

By Alice Shabecoff

Alice Shabecoff is the co-author with her husband Philip of Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill, Chelsea Green paperback (Random House hardback). www.poisonedforprofit.net

Pesticides can harm your child as much as they hurt insects, leading environmental scientists have discovered. Children exposed either in the womb or during childhood may end up with lowered IQ scores, or ADHD, or other behavioral and emotional problems.

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Sustainable Kids’ Clothing . . . and Law Practice

Sustainable Kids’ Clothing . . . and Law Practice

In the last television season, NBC premiered a new series entitled Harry’s Law, in which a lawyer, played by Kathy Bates, takes up practice in premises previously occupied by a women’s shoe store. In a humorous twist, a member of her new firm decides to take advantage of the generous shoe stock that came along with the property and to display and continue to sell shoes right in with the law practice.

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Chef Greg Christian: Saving School Lunches—with an Attitude

Chef Greg Christian: Saving School Lunches—with an Attitude

Greg Christian is a highly successful Chicago-area chef, author, consultant and entrepreneur. He saw a grave problem—that kids were getting low-nutrition, high-fat, high-sugar lunches every day at school. He decided to do something about it, and made a great impact. He’s now launching full-force into the next stage of his Organic School Project, of which he is the founder and executive director.

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Happy Kids Running for Health and Nutrition

Happy Kids Running for Health and Nutrition

Today we are at a crisis level with our children’s health. The foisting of low-nutrient, high-calorie food on the American public by a system motivated only by profit instead of nutrition has led to some 30 percent of children in the US being overweight and an incredible escalation in diet-related diseases such as early-onset diabetes. With our future—our children—at risk, we’re in dire need of solutions.

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Integrative Pediatrics

Integrative Pediatrics

By Alice Shabecoff

In the 1970s, when visits to his office cost $4 and he would come to your home for $5, pediatrician Warren Levin began to practice alternative medicine, figuring it out a bit at a time. After a few years, his practice grew into New York City’s first full-blown holistic health center. But the mainstream medical world objected. Alternative pediatricians were called quacks back then. For prescribing vitamin supplements and a healthier way of eating for patients with severe allergies, Dr. Warren was hauled before the state’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct. In the end, he was exonerated.

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Dr. Susan Rubin: Slow Food for Children’s Health

Dr. Susan Rubin: Slow Food for Children’s Health

The Slow Food movement is one of the most powerful—and tasty—grassroots activities taking place in the world today. It started in 1989 as an answer to fast food and fast life and the disappearance of local food traditions. Slow Food is accomplishing its aim by restoring people’s interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. It is now a global organization with supporters in 150 countries, including a strong sector in the US.

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A Healthy Cooking Zine for Kids

A Healthy Cooking Zine for Kids

It is being discovered in a broadening array of quarters that if you want children to eat healthily, get them involved in how and why. Abernethy Elementary School, for example, discovered that if they include vegetables as part of the school curriculum, the kids demand to eat them. Similarly, a unique cooking magazine for kids called ChopChop has demonstrated that when you show children how to cook healthy meals, they dive right in.

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The School Where Kids Love Veggies for Lunch

The School Where Kids Love Veggies for Lunch

Creating a scenario in which healthy, whole food can be served within a school lunch program is difficult enough. But then comes the major hurdle of getting kids to try it and to eat it. Abernethy Elementary School of Portland, Oregon, has fully cleared that hurdle though—with kids literally cheering about fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as eating healthily.

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One Dad’s Solution to Feeding Babies

One Dad’s Solution to Feeding Babies

A growing number of parents are concerned about the industrially farmed and processed ingredients that are part of mainstream baby foods. Many have taken matters into their own hands, and have thoroughly researched and discovered the best ways to feed their children healthy, nutritious food.

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The Accidental Kids’ Food Activist

The Accidental Kids’ Food Activist

You might have heard the name Ed Bruske. He is a prominent feature on the sustainable food landscape—a Washington, DC, blogger, writer, chef and gardener whose articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Martha Stewart Living and Edible Chesapeake. Ed’s work in sustainable gardening has been featured in People magazine as well as in popular food blogs such as Chow and Seriously Good, and he has made numerous appearances on television and radio.

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