August 2019: Guinea Pigs?

I hope you are having a relaxing summer. Keynoting the Oregon Clean Water Agencies meeting, I appreciated meeting and hiking with the hard-working and thoughtful people responsible for clean water for the state.…

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PFAS Chemicals in Food: Expert QA

August 8, 2019

Millions of people have eaten out of them: Molded fiber bowls, the popular food containers from restaurants like Chipotle and Sweetgreen.

They are supposed to be compostable and environmentally friendly, but some public health experts say the chemicals that allow these bowls to hold hot, wet, and greasy foods without falling apart are toxic to both the environment and you.…

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Pop Stop: Denmark retailer stops sale of microwave popcorn amid health fears

Some love it, some hate it: that overwhelming buttery, salty smell that fills the house every time you throw a bag of popcorn in the microwave. However, larger concerns have led Danish retailer Coop Denmark to pull microwave popcorn from the shelves of their 1,200 stores. Highly fluorinated chemicals like those used in food packaging have been linked to immune system problems, increased risk of miscarriage in women, and several types of cancer. Highly fluorinated chemicals are commonly used in microwave…

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