With one decision, the FDA can begin to rid food packaging of BPA for good
The federal Food and Drug Administration will announce its decision on whether to ban bisphenol A from food packaging by next weekend! Environmental Working Group, our supporters and many like-minded organizations have been fighting for this moment for years. But for just as long, the food and chemical industries - and their lobbyists - have been striving to make sure it never comes.
The food and chemical industries are so nervous about the FDA’s upcoming decision that one sympathizer went as far as to write and publish an outrageous fake strategy memo - purportedly from the environmental community - claiming that this potent synthetic estrogen is safe.
Let’s make sure that we get the last word! More than 79,000 EWG supporters have already sent their message to the FDA - but we need your help to reach our goal of 100,000 messages sent.
The FDA needs to hear from us right now - before it makes up its mind - that we want BPA out of our food packaging.
“The U.N. says 70 percent of the world’s poor are women, yet when women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man. And the International Fund for Agricultural Development says less than 2 percent of land in the developing world is owned by women. This is hardly the way to treat an ‘equal’ is it? That’s why women’s voices are finally being heard, particularly from the Arab world.”—
International Women's Day: What's happening around the world
Women around the world live very different lives, and in the same way, International Women’s Day looks very different across the globe. This article is a great (short) summary of what’s happening in certain countries today to “celebrate” International Women’s Day. (source)
Listen in as Lynn Harris Ballen, Celina Alvarez, Denise Zepeda, and Ariana Manov discuss what IWD means, what it doesn’t mean, and why everyone should care. The podcast includes a brief history of the day, which began in the United States 101 years ago and then spread rapidly to other countries, interviews with Emily Heroy of Gender Across Borders, Felicia Montes and Amber Rose from Mujeres de Maiz, and Myra Duran from AF3IRM, as well as spoken word poets and performers live in studio.
Hey everyone! Today is International Women’s Day. Global feminist community, Gender Across Borders is hosting a day-long event for bloggers, writers, humanitarian organizations to write about IWD. Check out the live blog at the GAB website throughout the day!
This was an interesting article I came across off “The Guardian.” Lucien Engelen looks at how new technologies can change patient care models in the context of rising demand for healthcare, shortages of skilled staff and restrictive budgets.
The premise here is that we have essentially taken away healthcare from those that need it most. It has become centralized in institutions making access to basic care rather difficult or nearly impossible.
We are a society in the peak of a technological era hailed by vast social-networking site such as Facebook or chatting/webcam programs like Skype that allow us to connect instantly. Engelen brings up new perspective in how we utilize our networks to our advantage in terms of potentially answering our healthcare crisis.
Interested in health policy? To examine and understand the inadequacies of health care in America, T.R. Reid (a Washington Post foreign correspondent) takes a look at different health care systems around the world. His work is featured in this PBS Frontline Program, Sick Around the World, and also in his book, The Healing of America: A global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care.
The Healing of America is a great read as well, explaining the many disparities between health care, quality, and access across the globe, leaving the reader with a much better understanding of approaches to health care which are not often explored or discussed in the American conversation about reform.