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Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2022: Produce with the most and least pesticides

Strawberries, spinach, and leafy greens are again the top offenders on the Dirty Dozen list developed by the Environmental Working Group or EWG. The EWG analyzes data on pesticide-contaminated fresh fruits and vegetables, based on the latest tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. Pesticide... Read more →


Journalist wins prizes in press women’s state contest

For many years, when I lived in Alaska and Washington state, I participated in the state contests of the National Federation of Press Women or NFPW. However, when the Washington chapter of the organization faded away in 2015, I missed participating in the organization and its annual contests. Read more →


The baby formula shortage: a monopoly market, the FDA recall, and efforts to fix the shortage

The news that baby formula is in short supply is really confusing, especially when conspiracy theories are running rampant. It also makes one wonder why so few baby formula companies are in control of the market. And, what did babies drink who weren’t breastfed before formula companies took over baby feeding? Read more →


Real estate commissions paid by buyers aren’t competitive, study shows

An analysis of real estate buyer agent commission rates on 17,805 home sales in several dozen cities throughout the U.S. found a high degree of uniformity among these rates. A new report – “Real Estate Commission Rates in 35 Cities: Uniformity and Variation” – released by the Consumer Federation of America offers details. Read more →


Facts and figures for Mother’s Day 2022

The first Mother’s Day celebrations were organized by Anna Jarvis on May 10, 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, and Philadelphia. Jarvis became the leader for the Mother’s Day movement as the annual celebration became popular across the nation. Read more →


Check out these 10 healthy aging tips from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

As part of National Older Americans Month in May, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is providing 10 steps for healthy aging. “Promoting healthy aging helps ensure older adults remain a vibrant, integral community members for many years to come,” said Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA’s president & CEO. Read more →


On Earth Day, let’s renew environmental efforts for the health of the planet

There’s no doubt about it. Everyone – governments, organizations, and the public – needs to do more to slow down climate change. I remember well the first Earth Day in 1970. A river in Cleveland bursting into flames when oil-soaked debris in the water ignited. Read more →


Easter, Passover, and Ramadan converge in a rare celebration of holy days

On Friday, Jewish people celebrated Passover to celebrate the exodus of Israelites from enslavement in Egypt, and Christians observed Good Friday to mark the crucifixion of Jesus before celebrating Easter Sunday when he rose from the dead. And Muslims are continue observing Ramadan, a month of prayers and fasting to celebrate the Koran. Read more →


Giant retailers rake in huge profits as consumers struggle with rising food prices

Following the latest Consumer Price Index report showing that food costs went up 10 percent since last year, earnings information released by Albertsons Companies shows that it reported $1.6 billion in 2021 fiscal year income — a 90 percent increase from 2020 — after passing on increased costs to consumers. Read more →


Leading retail and clothing brands lack commitment to stop use of dangerous PFAS, report shows

A scorecard ranking PFAS policy commitments from leading retail and apparel brands shows that Levi Strauss & Co. earned the highest mark for already eliminating PFAS from its supply chain. However, brands such as Macy’s Inc., Nordstrom, Costco, and others received low or failing marks. Read more →