The issue of low-level exposure to arsenic has been in the news recently. The discovery that brown rice syrup (even when free of pesticides) had significant levels of arsenic alarmed users of baby formula containing brown rice syrup, and energy bars with the ingredient. While one baby formula company determined to sell safe formula is […]View Post
MOMS Advocating Sustainability (MOMAS) supports voting YES on Proposition 37 for the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 6th. Proposition 37 requires companies to put a label on their food product if genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are used in the ingredients. It comes down to giving the consumer the opportunity to make an informed decision about […]View Post Children's Health, GMO, pesticides, Prop 37
Are GMOs Safe to Eat? Our televisions and radios are full of GMO ads these days. Are you looking for some answers to your questions about GMOs, and how they might impact your health and the health of your kids? MOMS Advocating Sustainability (MOMAS) held an informational session on GMOs in October of 2011. The forum was […]View Post
With the increasing information about the likely risks of eating genetically modified foods, many parents and caretakers are confused about how to avoid them in their children’s diets. I’ll admit it, it is very tough. GMOs are riddled throughout the country’s food supply as well as our grocery store shelves. The main culprits are corn, […]View Post candy, Children's Health, GMO, Halloween, organic food
As a family physician deeply concerned about the health of my patients, I strongly recommend voting YES on Proposition 37 to label genetically engineered (GE) foods. The television and radio ads against Prop 37 make superficial and misleading arguments that do not get to the heart of the matter. Freedom of choice is at the […]View Post food allergies, GMO, Health, pesticides, Prop 37
Remember the state’s 2007 proposal to spray pesticides out of airplanes onto ten million people in an attempt to kill the apple moth, an insect that scientists say has been in California for decades and has never done significant crop damage? Four local moms quickly took action and formed MOMAS (formerly, Mothers of Marin Against […]View Post Children's Health, Environmental Health, Light Brown Apple Moth, pesticides
A recent Stanford study reviewed the existing research on organic vs. non-organic food. Its conclusions were reported in all the major newspapers. Headlines were generally dismissive of the value of organic food, arguing that organic foods did not appear healthier than non-organic. The lead researchers were quoted as saying that the difference between the two […]View Post organic food, pesticides
Protecting Children’s Health while Controlling Invasive Pests In March 2011, the State of California began preparation of a statewide Pest Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). If approved, the PEIR will provide advance approval for the state to spray pesticides in our communities and on our food whenever they want, for any insect they consider a threat, […]View Post
By Annie Spiegelman, MOMAS Advisory Committee Member Wondering how to create a city-wide plastic bag ban or a Green Building Ordinance or how to stop a government planned aerial pesticide spraying of your own ‘hood? Two dynamic sustainability experts and community organizers were involved in all of the above changes in the last few years […]View Post
We are a group of parents motivated to make long lasting changes in the health of our communities – and especially for our children.
We began our work in Marin County, California – which has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the country.
Children are uniquely vulnerable to pesticides, as well as other common household toxins. Scientific data is emerging linking many chronic childhood diseases, as well as long-term health issues, to common toxins found in our homes, food, air and water. Long term chronic exposure to substances in every day products – such as BPA found in can linings and plastic containers & flame retardants found in our bedding, couches and children’s car seats – are having serious health consequences that may not appear for decades or even until the next generation.View Post