Off the Mat: Homework Time

Homework Time

We’ve made it through another September. Once again, I successfully avoided the back to school shopping circus with my kid. Not yet fashion conscious, his drawer full of t-shirts proved sufficient. Still Minecraft obsessed, he made no request for a new backpack. And wondrously, our district provides the essentials: loose-leaf, composition books, and a stocked pencil box. I was shocked to discover this during Kindergarten orientation years back;  teachers, not parents provide school supplies?! Really??! Really. In our well-resourced town, the system provides the necessary study tools.  Read the rest of this entry »

Research Shows Children are Critically Susceptible to Pesticides

Research Shows Children are Critically Susceptible to Pesticides
By Michael Jolliffe

Young children are potentially susceptible to certain pesticides for a longer period of time than previously thought. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has revealed that children are dangerously vulnerable to the effects of environmental pesticides, and for far longer than originally suspected…

… Of particular concern to the researchers were chlorpyrifos and diazinon, pesticide chemicals still used ubiquitously in US agriculture. Pesticides have been cited as a possible cause of developmental difficulties and childhood cancers.

Read more here: Research Shows Children are Critically Susceptible to Pesticides.

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