‘Birth Defects’ Category

The Chipmaking Industry’s Toll on Reproductive Health

In the last few decades, technological advancements have immersed so solidly into the fabric of our global society that they show no signs of slowing down. Computers in all forms, whether smartphones or laptops have become part and parcel of our daily lives—especially since the onset of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Our demand for high-tech will continue to grow in the coming months with the...

EPA Urged to Use TSCA Authority on PFAS Maker The Chemours Co.

(Westlaw Today – Reuters) Enviros to EPA: Use novel power to get industry to pay for PFAS research.

Public health and environmental groups in a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court say the Environmental Protection Agency should utilize its untapped power under section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to order a chemical company to subsidize...

Prescribed Opioids Among Pregnant Women May Cause Birth Defects

Since the early 1990s, the United States has faced a unique crisis. Though we only make up around 5% of the earth’s population, Americans consume 80% of all prescription opioids. Though the epidemic has been blamed in large part on the pharmaceutical industry, which often markets powerful medications as safe, doctors have faced far less scrutiny for their role in the crisis. The excessive...

Fracking: A Contributor to Climate Change and Birth Defects

Fracking a Contributor to Climate Change and Birth Defects

Many consider climate change the defining issue of our time. With each passing year, scientists uncover new findings that confirm the alarming impacts of climate change on human health – one of which is birth defects caused by environmental factors.

Heat Extremes Due to Climate Change Raise Incidence of Congenital Abnormalities in Infants

According to a recent study in the...

Study Finds Toxins Leaking into Texas Groundwater

An hour south of San Antonio lies the most contaminated groundwater in Texas, according to a report issued by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). The discovery was made when the operator of a coal-fired plant – under the 2015 federal coal ash rule – was forced to release its pollution data. While the federal rule implemented by former President Obama’s U.S. Environmental...

Hawaii Lawsuit Filed Against Monsanto Over Children’s Birth Defects

On October 24th, 2019, two Maui families filed a lawsuit against Monsanto and its parent corporation Bayer AG, alleging that the pesticides and herbicides developed by the company led to severe birth defects in their children. Living just a few hundred yards away from Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed facility in Kihei, both plaintiffs, Dana Fulton and Max Coleman, along with their...

Should Companies do More to Curb Coal Ash Exposure?

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Between 2001 and 2011, a natural experiment was conducted by researchers when eight power plants that produced a toxic byproduct of coal ash were retired. The study analyzed records of over 57,000 births that took place within 20 kilometers of the plants during this time. It was later concluded that preterm birth rates among women exposed to the toxins from the plants fell from 7 percent to...

Cesar Chavez’s Wrath of Grapes Speech – The Health Hazards Faced by Farm Workers

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The impact farmworkers have on the American economy, and more importantly, the health of the American people, has never been more relevant than it is today. By enduring strenuous labor, farm workers guarantee that goods end up on our tables. It is essential work that has often been overlooked in the area of food production and consumption.

In 1965, César Chávez, an Arizona native...

Dolores Huerta – A Woman Who Marched On.

At a transformative period in our nation’s history, prominent figures led the fight for civil and social justice. They inspired the promise of a better future for every American despite turmoil that alleged otherwise. As an agricultural organizer outraged by racial and economic injustices, Dolores Huerta embodied the spirit of change which defined that period.

Today, Huerta, 90,...

César Chávez Day– Fasting for the Union

For over 30 years of his life, César Chávez fought to end the plight of farm workers in the United States. Through his civil rights activism and leadership, Chávez enabled a unionized movement. One that allowed farm workers to recognize that they are not only deserving of better wages and a life of dignity, but that they are entitled to it.

The Union of Farm Workers (UFW) which...

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