7.2//Three Things to Pay Attention to This Week

The Report

“Babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism, according to new research published today.

The study of 970 children, born in farm-rich areas of Northern California, is part of the largest project to date that is exploring links between autism and environmental exposures.”

The Action

Education is just the beginning. With studies like the above now reporting that even pesticides that were deemed safer than traditional pesticides could be cause for the spike in autism in the past twenty years, we can start spreading that education. Systematic change comes from a demand. When it comes to making community changes, we can influence our friends and family. Let’s foster widespread education.

Three Things June 20 news articles

The Report

“Less than 20 percent of the obstetricians reported asking pregnant women about their exposure to environmental hazards, even though a majority — 78 percent — said that counseling could help reduce women’s risks.

When asked why they refrained from broaching the subject, physicians cited uncertainty about the evidence, fear of creating anxiety in their patients and concern that patients had no way to reduce their exposure.”

The Action

We can start asking the hard questions: Doctors may be trying to protect patients from an impossible-to-control situation, but if we can start the conversation, then we can create a real shift.

The Report

“The study by Friends of the Earth found that plants sprayed with so-called neonicotinoid insecticides may actually be contributing to the decline in bee populations seen in recent years.

Samples from 36 out of 71 plants, including some labeled “bee-friendly,” contained neonicotinoids, a chemical that several recent studies have linked to the massive decline in bee populations, Friends of the Earth said.”

The action

Buzzing bees may seem like a nuisance, but they are crucial to the nation’s food supply. They pollinate vegetables and fruits. If becoming a backyard beekeeper isn’t your thing: Write to your senator and representatives in congress on both the state and federal levels on behalf of honeybee research, specifically with neonicotinoid. If they can kill bees, they sure aren’t good for humans, either.