Kelli Haywood, one of KEF's Community Educators, recently published an article on the importance of farmers' markets to both communities and health in the respected rural e-zine Daily Yonder. Through KEF's Kentucky Safe Foods Project, focused on protecting our health from the harmful impacts of Bisphenol-A in packaged foods, we're making the link between the multiple benefits of eating fresh foods. Read Kelli's full article here.
Thanks to all who attended "Coal Pollution and Our Health: Kentucky's Silent Epidemic" on Thursday, August 22nd in Louisville, and joined the discussion on how clean energy can improve the health of Kentuckians. Our guest presenter was Alan Lockwood, M.D., an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University at Buffalo. While in Louisville, Lockwood joined KEF staff to meet with several Louisville Metro agency leaders, and medical staff at the University of Louisville hospital. Lockwood's book, The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health which was released in 2012, is now available in Louisville at Carmichael's Books.
Information gathered by advocates investigating toxic chemicals in food, baby products, toys, furniture, construction materials and other consumer goods was unveiled on a brand new website today to help Kentucky shoppers, including families, builders and others, learn how to identify potentially harmful products and find safer ones. SafeMarkets.org reflects the work of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation and other organizations across the country that are working to remove toxic chemicals from the marketplace and promote an economy based on safe, sustainable products.
"We at KEF have been concerned about toxics in products we use every day for some time," says Elizabeth Crowe, the foundation's executive director. "We've found lead in lipstick, bisphenol-A (BPA) in canned foods and sodas, and other toxics in products--all of which are dangerous to the health of families across Kentucky. All this information can be found on the new SafeMarkets.org website."
Article Written by Erica Peterson for WFPL. Find the original story here.
In the wake of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, President Obama has issued an executive order to improve the safety and security of chemical manufacturing facilities. The measure will likely have implications for Louisville’s Rubbertown.
Obama’s executive order tasks government officials with evaluating the feasibility of sharing information about dangerous chemicals among state, tribal and local emergency response commissions. It establishes a working group, and sets that within 45 days, the group will launch a pilot program to test best practices for sharing crucial information, improving collaboration and streamlining chemical plant inspections. Within nine months, the president wants a “unified federal approach to identify and respond to risks” in chemical plants.
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