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LDA hosts event to draw attention to link between toxic chemicals and health
Did you see the Nov. 12th Star Tribune article about the link between pollution and ADHD? The article states pollution in food and air might help explain a surge in diagnosis of ADHD, which now impacts 11% of children.
LDA Minnesota has been working on these issues for years. Come hear about another source of toxic chemicals impacting children's health: flame retardants in your furniture. LDA is hosting a free screening of the HBO documentary, "Toxic Hot Seat," on Thursday, Dec. 4.
The Learning Disabilities Association of America and 10 state affiliates including LDA Minnesota have joined a national effort to urge the country's top retailers to help get toxic chemicals out of the products they sell. LDA is asking retailers to "Mind the Store" as part of a campaign launched by the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families coalition, of which LDA is a founding member.
Top retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens and Best Buy have enormous power to determine what chemicals and materials their suppliers use in the consumer products they provide for store shelves. In part as a result of pressure from the "Mind the Store" campaign, Wal-Mart recently announced that it has listed an initial 10 toxic chemicals that suppliers should stop using. Target also recently announced plans to evaluate suppliers in part based on their adherence to non-toxic chemicals and materials.
LDA is helping to spearhead coalition efforts to engage ten major retailers in taking steps to reduce toxic chemicals in the products these retailers sell, especially those chemicals known to harm brain development. Cleaning products, toys and baby products, cosmetics and personal care products are among the items that can contain chemicals linked to cancers, endocrine disruption and learning and developmental disabilities. Chemicals of greatest concern include flame retardant chemicals, phthalates, lead, solvents such as toluene and endocrine disrupting chemicals like Bisphenol-A.
Look for action alerts, Facebook posts, and store events as LDA asks retailers to "Mind the Store" and make products safer and healthier for everyone, especially children! We hope every parent, teacher and consumer will join us in taking action.
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