Our Monday green news bring you the latest on nutrition, good causes and child education:
- Our health, Bisphenol A and why to avoid it: Bisphenol A or BPA-commonly used in plastic products, such as baby bottles, children’s toys and the linings of most food and beverage cans-has become known as a harmful chemical to our health, especially children’s. Despite many scientific studies proving strong links between BPA exposure and serious health problems, such as brain development and hormonal problems in children, the FDA still says BPA is safe; while Canada and the European Union already banned it. Check out these simple ways how you can minimize or avoid this harmful chemical in your own life.
- California moves away from outdated school testing standards: After 15 years of use, California’s public schools are moving away from the state’s standardized pencil-and-paper, multiple-choice tests, also known as STAR tests. By the spring of 2015, STAR tests will be fully replaced with a new Assembly Bill 484, utilizing new language and math tests taken on computers. The new assessments were designed together with other states to follow a set of national curriculum standards called Common Core, which call for more in-depth teaching of fewer subjects emphasizing real-world applications of the study material.
- Breast milk donated or sold online can pose health risks: A new study recently published in the journal Pediatrics confirms the concerns of health professionals over an unregulated marketplace with breast milk. The study reported that human milk purchased via the Internet exhibited high overall bacterial growth and frequent contamination with pathogenic bacteria, including salmonella. The amounts detected in some samples were high enough to cause serious health issues to an infant.