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AND LEADERS WHO PUT HEALTH FIRST

Imagine… Less Cancer. Fewer children with learning disabilities and asthma. Immune systems that can cope with infections like COVID-19. Imagine making homemade bread, the most basic and traditional of recipes, without worrying about a list of hidden concerns.

Imagine how much healthier we could all be if we had a government that was dedicated to protecting everyone’s health, including protecting all of us from toxic chemicals—drinking water without lead or PFAS, air without particulates pollution, food and products free of BPA, phthalates and flame retardants.

Clean air, water, food and products are human health rights, not an expensive shopping list.

The organizations on the Recipes for Health website are all working for everyone’s right to a healthy environment and safe food and products. On November 3, we need to elect leaders who take these rights – and their responsibility for prioritizing the health of all of us – seriously.

It’s a two-part recipe: grassroots action and the election of women and men who share the vision of a healthier, less toxic future for everyone.

Your support of these organizations and your vote in the November election are both necessary ingredients in the recipe for healthier lives.

What a year this has been. 2020 took a sharp turn early on and it’s been hard ever since. Unbelievably hard. Cruel even. This will be a year that none of us and none of our parents or children ever forget.

What stories will we tell about 2020?  Stories of illness and death and job and business loss. But also, stories of courage, generosity and resistance.

While much of America has banded together in safety and solidarity, our leaders at the highest level have completely let us down.

They have placed value on billionaires and large corporations over working families.

They ignored the science, the hard facts; and those things impacted our health, our jobs, our children’s educations.

And not only that, they have actively worked to undo or refuse to properly implement hundreds of rules that have protected our country for decades, including the Clean Water Rule, the emissions rules for power plants and vehicles, the Chemical Disaster Rule and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Now, more than any other time in our lives, we have a heightened awareness of what happens when the government doesn’t protect us. And now, more than ever, we need elected officials who know their job is to protect us and to work with all the Recipes for Health organizations that are cooking up change, along with all of our allies, for a healthier, less toxic future.

Organizations Cooking Up Change

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Toxic-Free Future

Toxic-Free Future advocates for the use of safer products, chemicals, and practices through advanced research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier tomorrow.

Toxic-Free Future works in partnership with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, Safer States and Mind the Store toeliminate our toxic PFAS contamination problem as well educate consumers about its use in nonstick products.

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Children's Environmental Health Network

The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment.

CEHN’s 2020 voter guide sets out five issues for voters to consider putting the health of children and their environment FIRST. Use the guide and share it widely to help elect women and men who will support children’s health and their environment.

CEHN also has great tools for childcare providers, including their Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care. While there is NO safe level of lead in a child’s blood, the chemical can be found in water, paint, soil, dust and is commonly found in consumer products. This toolkit can help family childcare providers identify lead sources and address low cost solutions to reduce lead hazards and promote the health and safety of children.

CEHN’s Eco-Healthy Child Care® E-Curriculum is focused on education around 16 topics and low- to no-cost solutions for reducing/eliminating lead exposures in all childcare facilities. This course is recommended and applicable for those outside of childcare as well.

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The Mind the Store campaign challenges the largest retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals in products and packaging and develop comprehensive safer chemicals policies. To protect families, communities, and workers, we are working to transform the marketplace and drive a competitive race to the top.

Over a million Big Mac boxes are used and discarded each day. And new test results show that those boxes may be contributing to the PFAS “forever chemicals” pollution crisis. Corporations add toxic PFAS to food packaging to make it grease-resistant. The packaging is used once, but these chemicals last forever in our environment.

New testing of paper food packaging from top fast-food chains found fluorine levels suggesting PFAS treatment in nearly half of samples—including a Big Mac box as well as a McDonald’s fry bag and cookie bag. We’re not lovin’ it. And when McDonald’s toxic trash goes into a landfill or incinerator, it can contaminate our air and water.

Tell McDonald’s: Your customers don’t want these chemicals in their food. And no one wants them polluting the environment forever, either.

Mind the Store works in partnership with Toxic-Free Future, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and Safer States toeliminate our toxic PFAS contamination problem as well educate consumers about its use in nonstick products.

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Because Health

Because Health is a non-profit environmental health site, bringing you everything you need to know about how the places we live, work, and play impact our health. Through a combination of science-based tips, guides, and expert advice, it’s our mission to show people simple ways to create a healthier future for themselves and their communities.

Get advice on face masks, cleaning supplies, safer cleaning and disinfection and water quality in childcare facilities and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, please send an email to info@hbbf.org.