Browsing the "chemicals" Tag

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Getting Militant about Indoor Air Quality

Yes, I know: indoor air is much dirtier than outdoor air. We don’t ventilate our homes nearly enough. We use chemicals for everything, many of which contain volatile organic compounds, and other pollutants to go straight into the air. We use natural gas appliances, which create risks for unhealthy, even dangerous, carbon monoxide levels. And […]

February 20th

Toxins in our Everyday Personal Care and Food Products

With so many “natural” and “eco-friendly” alternatives on the market, one would assume it would be easy to dodge harmful chemicals from entering your body, right? Sadly, this is not the case. As more and more companies come out with new personal care and food products, more eco-experts are finding them to be green-washed and full of harmful chemicals.

April 1st

Food Supply Worries of an Agricultural Scientist, Part 3: Climate Change

[social_buttons] I’ll come back to the Mycotoxin issue soon.  Instead, I’ll talk today about my serious worries about Climate Change.   People involved in world agriculture have no patience with the supposed “debate” about climate change.  We are already seeing the effects, and the projections for the future are not encouraging.  The most troubling feature […]

September 27th

Bright Lights and Big Bangs: The Chemical Composition of Fireworks

Part 2: Do Fireworks Pose Significant Environmental Danger? Pittsburgh, PA.  A place known for its peoples’ good ol’ blue collar fervor, our enthusiasm for everything from our football team (STEELERS!!) to our beer (Iron City) to our hoagies (Primanti’s, brother!).  We are thus naturally inclined to encourage bombastic public demonstrations of our affection–in this case, […]

October 27th