GreenNews: The April 2009 edition from Environmental Defence


Below is an excerpt from Environmental Defence’s GreenNews April 2009. Subscribe to day to get the latest up-to-date news about environmental and health issues across Canada.


New Book on Toxic Chemicals and Health: Available to Pre-Order Now! Co-authored by Environmental Defence’s Executive Director, Dr. Rick Smith, Slow Death by Rubber Duck reveals how daily life creates a toxic soup inside each of us. Studies have shown that significant levels of toxic substances can leach out of everyday items in our homes and workplaces. How do these toxins make their way inside us and what affect do they have on our health? And more importantly, what can we do about them?

The book will be released on May 9, 2009.

You can pre-order a copy now from Environmental Defence.


Article by Canadian Student Enters International Competition. For the second year in a row, a story by a Canadian student has been entered into the competition for the international Young Reporters for the Environment Award!

The article examines the effects of global warming on the world’s food supply, and was written by Michelle Lee of Vancouver, BC.

Under Young Reporters for the Environment, students write articles or take photos of environmental problems and solutions in their communities. More than 12,000 students from 17 countries take part in Young Reporters for the Environment. They tackle everything from global warming and air pollution to recycling and protecting drinking water. Environmental Defence runs the Young Reporters for the Environment program in Canada.

Read Michelle Lee’s story: Record-breaking temperatures will initiate international food crisis

Find out more about Young Reporters for the Environment


New Report Ranks Companies on Bisphenol A Use. Fourteen of the largest packaged food companies in North America still use the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in their packaging. That’s according to a survey done by two US groups – As You Sow and Green Century Capital Management.

The report was released in Canada by Environmental Defence.

The report grades companies based on their responses to questions about their use of BPA. Top scores were awarded to Hain Celestial, maker of Rice Dream and Soy Dream, Heinz, and Nestlé. These companies were leaders both for research and testing of alternatives to BPA and for their plans to phase out the chemical in some products.

According to the report, Heinz is the only respondent already using a substitute to BPA in some of its can linings.

More than 150 peer-reviewed studies have linked BPA, a hormone-mimicking chemical, to birth and developmental defects, breast and prostate cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Take Action Now: Email the Environment and Health Minister and ask them to ban bisphenol A in all food and beverage containers.

Send a letter to companies asking them to use safer alternatives

Read the Report: Check out highlights, or download the entire study.



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