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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

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.


Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) is an environmental health and justice research and advocacy organization that advocates for the right to live in a healthy environment. ACAT believes everyone has a right to clean air, clean water, and toxic-free food. Driven by a core belief in environmental justice, ACAT empowers communities to eliminate exposure to toxics through collaborative research, shared science, education, organizing, and advocacy.

Science and the precautionary principle guide our work. We work with individuals, tribes, and communities to find effective strategies to prevent harmful exposures to toxic substances, protect the ecosystems that sustain them, and hold accountable those responsible for the contamination. Because existing remedies are so often inadequate to protect our health, we also work to achieve systemic policy change at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Cancer Free Economy Network

We all want to live, learn, work and play in healthy and safe places, but today we are surrounded by more of the chemicals and hazards that make a healthy and safe life out of reach for far too many. That’s why Cancer Free Economy (CFE), a dynamic collaborative network, is working hard to drive a dramatic and equitable transition from toxic substances in our lives, communities and economy. Our strategies are derived from an in-depth analysis of the systems that have created an economy that depends on hazardous chemicals, and in which certain communities and workers suffer disproportionately from that reliance.

If you believe that we can do more to prevent cancer and other diseases by removing toxic chemicals from our economy and reducing environmental exposures in the places we live, learn, work and play, we invite you to find out more at

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.

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