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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor-in-chief of Children magazine—before she had kids. Prior to her work in non-profit, Rachel owned her own public relations and marketing firm, and built a career promoting sustainability as it relates to women and families: She founded, blogs as Mommy Greenest, and has appeared on the “TODAY” show and “CNN Headline News,” among others. Rachel works as a consultant and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

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4 Steps to Non-Toxic Mother's Day Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 3:46 PM

If you're like most of us, you've probably had a lot of ads for flowers popping up in your feed this week. That's because flowers are now America's most popular Mother's Day gift, according to a recent report.

Mother's Day now trumps Valentine's as florists most busy...

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Why You Should Not Buy New Clothes for 30 Days

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 5:14 PM

I remember when the light bulb went off. I had just learned that the textile industry is the world's second largest water polluter, after agriculture.

I read that each year 1.7 billion clothing items go unused in closets across the globe, and 95% of the...

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High Time for a High-Fructose Detox

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 11:12 AM

Got a taste for something sweet? Avoid high-fructose corn syrup. You can't argue the evidence: 48 percent of Americans drink between seven and 14 HFCS-filled sodas each week.

HFCS is linked to an increased risk of obesity. More than a third of the U.S. population is overweight...

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Why Choose Organic Milk?

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:09 PM

The dairy industry markets it as "nature's perfect food," but hormones in conventional milk have been linked to cancer. In 2012, a Harvard University study showed that milk produced by factory farms contained dangerously high levels of an estrogen compound linked to testicular, prostate and breast cancers.

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An Apple a Day... Could Give You Cancer?

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Do you love apples? You might want to find a new favorite fruit. A new report from the Environmental Working Group found that 80 percent of apples are coated with a pesticide that's banned in Europe because it could be carcinogenic.

European regulators were so worried enough...

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Is That Bouquet Toxic?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Thinking about sending flowers to mom? It's a beautiful gesture -- who doesn't love to come home to a fragrant bouquet on her doorstep? But please don't send her a vase full of toxic chemicals, too!

Florist foam can be doused with formaldehyde, considered a...

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5 Steps to Natural Easter Egg DIY

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Did you know that many egg dyes contain chemicals that aren't safe for kids?

These can include propylparaben -- an endocrine disruptor that can wreak havoc on your hormones -- and sodium lauryl sulfate, a bubble-making ingredient used in cleaning and personal care...

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Are You Drinking Drugs?

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 11:37 AM

An EPA study released earlier this year found trace residues of at least 25 different drugs in drinking water. Scientists examined samples from 50 wastewater plants and tested for 56 different drugs; they found medication to treat high blood pressure was found in the highest quantities, but over-the-counter...

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Should You Break Up With Your Ob/Gyn?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 3:22 PM

Pregnant? Congratulations! You've got a lot of office visits ahead of you, and this might be a good time to make sure that you and your doctor are truly in sync. A University of San Francisco study of more than 2,000 obstetricians and gynecologists nationwide found that most...

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Raw Juice 101

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Everyone from Dr. Oz to "Crazy, Sexy" Kris Carr has promoted it as the next big thing in health. But unfortunately, not all raw juices are as wholesome as you might think: Even a product that says it's "100 percent juice" can include added flavors, colors and preservatives, and juice...

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Is Green Anti-Vaccine?

(35) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:03 PM

This week, after news broke that New York City was experiencing its first measles outbreak in years linked to so-called "anti-vaxxers," I published an infographic on my blog, Mommy Greenest, which broke down the numbers associated with vaccines. I prefaced it with these three facts:


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GMOs: The Pesticide Connection

(14) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 9:01 AM

This blog is part of a series that explores the themes and issues raised in Farmed and Dangerous, a 4-part satirical web series exploring issues related to the food system and industrial agriculture. If you're interested in joining the conversation, please contact us at


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Martin Luther King and Gingerbread Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 11:00 PM

I'm passing out paper gingerbread people for the first graders to decorate. There are eight different shades of skin tone -- from light taupe to dark brown -- and I fan them out like a color wheel for kids to choose from. I remember when I was a kid there...

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12 Easy Resolutions for a Healthier Home

(6) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Looking for an easy New Year's Resolution that can really make a difference? Here are 12!

1. Just say no to paper -- and plastic -- and BYOB.

The average American tosses more than 300 plastic bags each year, many of which are floating in a virtual garbage dump in...

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This New Year, Drop the Shop!

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 10:36 AM

Don't get me wrong, I love to shop. There's nothing better than a caffeinated afternoon spent with a few good girlfriends and a great stretch of boutiques. But today, my favorite boutiques are thrift stores.

I've been thrifting and swapping pretty much exclusively for a few years now. When I...

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Eco Docs Hit Mainstream Media

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:29 PM

Not one but TWO major documentaries are out this year raising awareness about toxic chemicals. For so long, there's been this gentle murmuring of environmentalism that was pretty much ignored by the mainstream media, and then 2012 comes along and SEAN PENN throws his weight behind one and the other...

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Jenny McCarthy's Got The Wrong View On Vaccinations

(158) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 11:57 AM

Jenny's McCarthy's appointment to the chair vacated by Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View has critics up in arms. The new post gives McCarthy the opportunity to share her opinions with three million viewers -- many of them mothers -- each day.

With two books and countless speaking engagements to...

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Endocrine Disruptors Heat Up the Hill

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 1:25 PM

Endocrine disruptors -- basically, chemicals that change your hormones -- include BPA, found in hard plastics, food can linings and cash register receipts, and a class of chemicals used to soften plastics and stabilize synthetic perfumes called phthalates. Both substances have been linked to early puberty in animals.


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The Best Car Seat For Your Baby, Inside and Out

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 12:55 PM

What's the best car seat to buy? It's a complicated question, as the marketplace is changing rapidly. Parents are realizing that just keeping their children safe in a crash isn't the end-all, be-all of car seats. We also need to think about the long-term implications of exposing our kids to...

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Fumigating? Four Easy Steps to Take Before You Tent

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Chances are, at least one house in your 'hood is being treated for termites right now. And despite the festive clown-and-circus themed tent, the chemicals that go into the fumigation process simply aren't funny.

The process used to include chlorpyrifos, which can cause neurological damage and was...

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