|Baldacci signs bills to curb obesity: Legislation focuses on restaurants, schools|
Bangor Daily News - 6/18/2009.By Kevin Miller – Gov. John Baldacci ceremonially signed three bills on Wednesday to help Mainers count calories while dining out and to improve the state’s monitoring of childhood obesity. Public health advocates said the measures – including a menu-labeling requirement for chain restaurants – are small but important steps that could reverse Maine’s childhood obesity rate, which is ranked the highest in New England.
|A chemical found in most consumer products may cause heart disease in women|
Alternet - 6/18/2009.By Elizabeth Grossman – A study released this week by researchers at the University of Cincinnati says that exposure to bisphenol A may increase heart disease in women. Bisphenol A (BPA) is the chemical building block of polycarbonate plastics and is used in countless consumer products including food and beverage containers, kitchen appliances, electronics, and packaging and is used to make resins that line food and drink cans.
|Stand up for rural America while you still can|
Grist - 6/17/2009.By Dave Murphy – The assault on rural America continues unabated. For the past six months dairy farmers across the country have suffered a historic drop in milk prices while operating costs remain high. Since December 2008, the price that farmers are paid for the milk they produce has plunged over 50 percent, the largest single drop since the Great Depression.