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Trick or Toxic? The Chemical Industry's Newest Tricks on Your Kids' Health

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 5:08 PM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an unusual request from the American Chemistry Council. The chemical industry trade association actually asked the FDA to restrict the use of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups.

After millions of dollars spent lobbying to...

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How Could Nike Not Know? And How Do We Find Out?

(7) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 2:13 PM

Two major stories have broken in the last few days that raise questions about how much global brands -- and in particular Nike -- know about conditions in their supply chains.

First, Greenpeace released a report accusing Nike (and Adidas, Puma and other international brands) of sourcing apparel from factories...

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Eighty Percent of Vitamin C Is Imported from China. Is it Safe?

(12) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 6:57 PM

I went to buy a multi-vitamin for my daughter this week and discovered it was virtually impossible to find out where the ingredients were actually made. Labels said soothingly that the vitamins were "Marketed by..." or "Distributed by..." a "natural" or "health" or "natural health" sounding company with an office...

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Are Obama Donors Inadvertently Helping Republicans?

(7) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 5:46 PM

Much is being made of Barack Obama's latest fundraising accomplishment: A whopping $150 million in September alone. Most people who are donating to Obama are making small contributions over the Internet with their credit cards. But anyone making a donation with a Wells Fargo, Wachovia, US BankCorp or Capitol One...

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