On Tuesday, October 29th, four representatives from KEF converged on Washington, DC, as part of the Stroller Brigade for Safer Chemicals at the U.S. Capitol. There, along with a hundred-plus crowd of mothers, health professionals and policy advocates from across the country, they participated in a rally before moving on to meet with members of Kentucky's congressional delegation.
KEF Community Educators Beth Ruggles of Lexington and Dr. Monica Unseld of Louisville carried the message of toxic chemical reform to Kentucky's legislators. "As a mother, I know how challenging it is to find products that are free of toxic chemicals," Ruggles said. "It's time that Washington gets back to business and passes strong laws on this issue."
Written by KEF Community Educator Beth Ruggles as an op-editorial for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Find the original version here.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Joe, a manager at the Target retail store in Lexington, as part of the national Mind the Store campaign. Over the last several months, Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens and several other large retailers of personal care and cleaning products have been asked to "mind the store" by offering products without toxic chemicals and requiring manufacturers to accurately label ingredients.
Like many Americans, Joe was unaware of the dangers lurking in common household products, and seemed skeptical. We like to believe that products are safe for our families.
Unfortunately, that is not the case.
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.
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