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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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Healthy Babies Bright Futures

Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, scientists and donors that came together in 2014 to solve the solvable part of the silent epidemic of learning and developmental deficits that impact as many as one in six children in the U.S.

Lead in Water Test Kit
80% of homes have lead in their drinking water. This test kit’s three water samples and personal action report tells you how to reduce the lead, whether it’s coming from your fixtures, home pipes or city pipes. Order a kit and test your water.

Bright Cities
The Bright Cities program provides grants of up to $35,000 to city governments and community-based partners to equitably reduce their community’s exposures to neurotoxic chemicals that interfere with all babies’ brain development. Ask your local leaders to join Bright Cities.

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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 CancerFreeEconomy.org.

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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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IPEN

IPEN (International Pollutants Elimination Network) is a global network forging a healthier world where people and the environment are no longer harmed by the production, use, and disposal of toxic chemicals.

More than 600 public interest NGOs in more than 124 countries, largely low- and middle-income nations, comprise IPEN and work to strengthen global and national chemicals and waste policies, contribute to ground-breaking research, and build a global movement for a toxics-free future.

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