Weekly column by Barbara Hirsch
In the last few decades, we have come to realize that companies who make our food, our things and provide services have not always had our best interests in mind. Sometimes out of sheer ignorance, and sometimes not, in the interests of profits and shareholders, certain costs to our well being (“our” being the living community) were being ignored and externalized, were not part of the bottom line. (See triple bottom line.)
This is why I began writing ecofacts over eight years ago. I was curious about things that were under our radar, and so others must be. Maybe I could save them some research time or peak someone’s curiosity as mine was.
Thanks to our world now for the troves of information available and for the devices that allow us access to them. Perhaps we can each contribute to the better health of the world, even in the tiniest ways, armed with a finer knowledge! Here are a few sites for your research pleasure/satisfaction.
- Earth Directory – “meta” directory for global sites in all areas of environment
- EPA - difficult to navigate, but awesome nevertheless!
- Tox Town - from the National Library of Medicine, a fantastic and fun interactive site for all kinds of health concerns
- Skin Deep - for research on personal care products from the Environmental Working Group
- Household products database - from the National Institute of Health, a directory of products and chemicals
- MWRA – from Massachusetts Water Authority, a useful directory of products and healthy alternatives for the home
Food additives - FDA’s data base for Everything Added to Food in the US
Grist - a searchable publication of clever and serious writings on things large (big eco news) and small (ask Umbra)