On September 27, 2013, we honored Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) with a Canary Award at our recent “Evening of Inspiration” benefit for the Canary Kids Film Project for his work in protecting the health of children.
EWG published a landmark study in 2005 called, “Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns“, which showed an average of over 200 different toxic chemicals in the cord bloods of newborns, meaning these toxins could have only come from the mother. Unfortunately, many people, including most pediatricians are not aware of this study, even this many years later.
If you haven’t checked out EWG’s website, you really should. They’ll let you know which fruits and vegetables are safer to eat that aren’t organic (“The Clean 15″) and which should only be organic (“The Dirty Dozen”).
EWG also publishes its SkinDeep Cosmetics Database, in which you can check the safety of just about kind of personal-care product, from toothpaste to soap to mascara to deodorant. They also have a Cleaners Database for checking the safety of cleaning products such as laundry detergent, window cleaners and more.
There are many other beneficial features for consumers on EWG’s site, so be sure to check it out. In the meantime, check out Ken Cook’s acceptance speech: