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Via Retraction Watch: federally funded pesticides researcher guilty of faking data

According to Retraction Watch,

The U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has found that a neuroscientist who studied the effects of pesticides on a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease made up data.

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Researchers: FDA’s BPA testing is ‘inadequate’

CNN: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other regulators are not using the best available science in their assessment of bisphenol-A’s (BPA) safety, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Endocrine Society.

Potential changes to green building standards rile chemical, vinyl trade groups

It should also rile consumers, who wind up paying for this nonsense. The Washington Post reports….

Phthalates make you fat? “Rubber Ducky” … with apologies to Sesame Street

Rubber Ducky
Your the one
You make bath time
Lots of fun!
Rubber Ducky
I’m awfully fat because of you! (bobobodeo)
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It wasn’t the soda after all, it was the plastic that made kids fat.

Study suggests phthalates may alter fat metabolism, influence weight.

Junk Investing: ChemSec Unveils Chemical Guide for Investors

ChemSec, the Swedish-based environmental NGO, unveiled a chemical cataloging tool aimed to help investors determine risk and put pressure on companies to move away from hazardous chemicals.

Doctors Want Soda Taxes To Fund Government Meddling

American Medical Association Vote Encouraging Soda Taxes For Big-Government Condemned:

Does the marketing of organic food lead to bad behaviour? via @food_ethics

“Is labelling foods as “organic” a positive thing or not? Continue reading

Hill: Chemical makers bristle at green building standards, say new rules will cost jobs

Chemical makers are bristling at proposed green building standards that they feel unfairly target their products. Continue reading

EWG Releases 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Scare You About Fruit and Veges

Or as they put it, Environmental Working Group Releases 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

CEOs pledge sustainability, urge ‘green revolution’

Business leaders gathered at a Rio+20 conference Monday pledged sustainable policies and joined a call for world leaders to usher in “a green industrial revolution” to save the planet.

Washington Post: ‘Functional food’ is hot, but its claims of health benefits rely on flimsy data

Pom Not So Wonderful

EPA on Job Killing Chemicals Regulation: “We will try and exercise some muscle we have not exercised for decades.”

The EPA wants to use more regulatory power to clamp down on job-creating companies.  Jim Jones, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention told  the Generation Green blog, “We will try and exercise some muscle we have not exercised for decades.” Continue reading

What’s in Your Can, Campbell’s?

Here we go.. “No longer is “BPA-free” enough.” writes Margie Kelly, Communications Manager, Healthy Child Healthy World. Continue reading

Diesel exhaust fumes can cause cancer, WHO says

 LONDON (Reuters) – Diesel engine exhaust fumes can cause cancer in humans and belong in the same potentially deadly category as asbestos, arsenic and mustard gas, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts said on Tuesday.

NYTimes: Choosing a Sugar Substitute

From the Well Blog:

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Daily Mail: Poisoned By Plastic

Chemicals in water bottles and food packaging have been linked to infertility and birth defects. Scaremongering, or the truth?

Forbes: “Oasis” Film Is An Intellectual Desert

Coming soon to your local movie theater is a documentary film, “Last Call at the Oasis,” about the need for better management of what is arguably the world’s most critical resource: water.  We do face worsening shortages for both human consumption and agriculture but if you dig into the subject a bit, you discover that the film is a shallow left-wing screed with commentary from a coterie of disreputable activists.   Continue reading

Atrazine Pact May Bypass Precedent on Low-Dose Exposure Risks

Chemical May Pose Diabetes Risk

According to Dr. Weil.