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About The Alliance
Our Principles
We believe that all Maine people have a right to a healthy environment where we live, work and play.
We envision a future free of exposure to harmful chemicals in our air, water or food.
We want our children to grow up healthy with every opportunity to thrive.
We seek to build a healthy economy that provides good jobs producing clean products and services.
We are proud of all that’s been accomplished so far toward a clean and healthy Maine.

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This report is a collaborative effort of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, a campaign dedicated to protecting American families from toxic chemicals. The report incorporates a significant body of peer-reviewed science on chemicals and health. Download the report.

 

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Protect kids from effects of pesticides
Bangor Daily News - 3/31/2009. 
Op-Ed by Heather Spalding. Were Ben Franklin alive today, he might declare, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and pesticides contamination in our bodies.”
McDonalds Agrees To Pesticide Hazard Reduction Program: Working With Potato Growers, Worldwide
TreeHugger - 3/31/2009. 
Investor Environmental Health Network reports that "Responding to shareholder concerns, McDonald’s Corporation has agreed to formally survey and promote best practices in pesticide use reduction within its American potato supply chain." What makes this agreement unique is that the sharehold resolution that drove it forward was filed by Bard College Endowment, Newground Social Investment, and the AFL-CIO Reserve Fund.
Month Of Conception Linked To Birth Defects In United States
Science Daily - 3/30/2009. 
A study published in the April 2009 issue of the medical journal Acta Pædiatrica is the first to report that birth defect rates in the United States were highest for women conceiving in the spring and summer.
Kid-Safe Products Law a prescription for Mainers' good health
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 3/26/2009. 
Op-Ed by Dr. Stephanie Lash - As health professionals, the last thing we would do is prescribe a sex hormone to a pregnant patient and her developing fetus. Yet we are all exposed regularly to the chemical called bisphenol-A and a host of other hormone-disrupting toxic chemicals that are in products we use every day. Exposure can lead to expensive chronic disease and disability. As a result, we believe that getting these dangerous toxic chemicals off the shelves and out of our bodies must be a top priority.
What's your skin drinking in?
Village Soup - 3/25/2009. 
By Holly Noonan - The impact that personal care products can have on your health is significant.
Bisphenol A can build up in babies, scientists warn
Toronto Star - 3/25/2009. 
Get rid of anything containing bisphenol A (BPA) that will be used by babies or pregnant women, warn researchers at the University of Guelph. A study by a toxicologist and a graduate of the southern Ontario university found that the chemical lingers in the bodies of newborns and infants.
Environmental Economics
Bangor Daily News - 3/24/2009. 
Editorial - Protecting the natural environment should not be seen as a luxury for good economic times. But the political reality is that it is a harder sell in times like these. The key to persuading policymakers is to tie environmental concerns to sustaining the economy and keeping people safe.
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