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llllllul +Nlllll.mmlllwmm +mr i +IIIN!IlIIII 12 The Julian News Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: I heard that some reusable bags contain lead. Is this a major health concern? Can't these bags be made to avoid such contamination? Donald Young, Cincinnati, OH It's true that some reusable shopping bags for sale in U.S. stores have been shown to contain lead, a neurotoxin linked to developmental, brain' and kidney problems. The non- profit Center for Environmental Health (CEH) found that about 10 percent of the reusable bags it tested last year contained at least minute levels of lead, with Disney's "Toy Story" and "Cars" plastic reusable shopping bags topping the charts with excessive levels to the tune of 15 times the federal limit for lead in children's products. Tests by other groups confirm CEH's findings. A November 2010 report by the Tampa Tribune newspaper found elevated levels of lead in reusable bags purchased at Winn-Dixie, Publix, Walmart and Target stores--- and prompted an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) into whether or not reusable shopping bags could be leaching lead into food items that people later eat. And earlier this year, the Center for Consumer Freedom, a trade group that opposes bans on plastic bags, reported that some 21 different polypropylene reusable bags sold at Safeway, Walgreen's, Bloom and other stores had lead content above 100 parts per million--the highest level that many states allow in consumer packaging. While the stores in question have pulled any such questionable bags from their shelves and in some cases stopped patronizing offending suppliers, consumers should take matters into their own hands with regard to selecting safer reusable shopping bags. While plastic reusable shopping bags are a step in the right direction compared to disposable plastic or paper bags, they are still AMERICAN LEGION [ LINCOLN DEMING POST 468 Twice Baked Potato, Corn On The Cob, Ranch Beans, Corn bread Tossed Green Salad, Dessert Benefit for Sharon Streamer - Breast Cancer Victim Friday, June 17, 2011 [ 5:30 until 8:00 or until sold out www.julianpost468,org Profit Donation 2nd and Washington Julian Ca. Plastic reusable shopping bags are petroleum-derived and may contain other contaminants, including lead, especially if they feature ornate designs or patterns. The safe bet is to use cloth bags, like the one pictured here from Eco Bags, because they are free of lead, they last for years, and they are easy to wash. Photo Credit: Eco Bags derived from petroleum, even if partly recycled, and may contain other contaminants, especially if they feature ornate designs or patterns. The safest bet, according to CEH, would be cloth bags: Not only are they usually free of lead or any other potentially hazardous substances, but they also last for years and are easy to wash. One quality, reliable source for cloth bags is the Ossining, New York- based Eco Bags, from which you can order conveniently online and pay no shipping costs on any order of $100 or more. Regarding washing to reduce or eliminate contaminants, public health experts worry that reusable shopping bags could become a breeding ground for impUrities that lead to food poisoning, and recommend washing them every few uses at least to ward off contamination. A 2008 Environmental and Plastics Industry Council of Canada study. found mold and bacterial levels in reusable bags 300 percent greater than Canadian health standards allow. And a 2010 joint University of Arizona and Limo Loma University study found that 97 percent of users did not wash their reusable shopping bags-- which can harbor bacteria from repeated exposure to meats and vegetables. Half of the 84 bags studied contained coliform, a bacterium found in fecal matter, while 12 percent tested positive for E. coll. The moral of the story is to make sure your reusable shopping bags can go through the clothes washer--and then wash them a few times a month. This way you will steer clear of contaminating the food you and your family eat with trace amounts of lead, and as such you will sleep easier each and every night. CONTACTS: CEH, www. ceh.org; Arizona/Limo Loma Studyl www.uanews.org/ pdfs/GerbaWilliamsSinclair_ BagContamination.pdf; Eco Bags, www.ecobags.com. EarthTalk is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www. emagazine, corn/ subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www. " emagazine.com/trial. Visiting With Lily continued from page 8 a bucket of cold water on this news, but I finally said very self righteously, "That's nice, but you know I don't go garage sale-ing on Sundays anymore." She gave a long pause and then said, "What do you mean, today is Saturday" I swallowed a few times and had to admit that I had thought all day that it was Sunday. So that week I had two Sundays. This week I slipped my cogs again. On Thursday I thought it was Friday. A garage sale was advertised for Friday morning. I got up early and headed out. I found the house, even though there were no signs up, knocked on the door, but no one answered. Although a lot of old stuff was laying around, I saw nothing to make me knock again, so I came on home. I sent my column in to the newspaper which is another Friday morning chore, and went about my business. I did some baking for the weekend, and generally enjoyed my Friday until late afternoon when my friend called me from Kentucky. In the course of our conversation she mentioned that she was going to call her doctor tomorrow for an appointment. I asked if he was open on Saturdays and she said, "Tomorrow is Friday so he would be open." So this week I had two Ask Pastor Rick In The News To Islam Dominates Press Coverage Events and controversies related to Islam dominated U.S. press coverage of religion in 2010, bumping the Catholic Church from the top spot, according to a new Study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum Fridays. I have found though that in addition to having longer weeks there are also other benefits to the senility that is chasing me. I re-meet lots of people I used to know. I re-read and enjoy books that I have recently read. I re- learn stuff I used to know and every day is an exciting new experience, because I never know what unexpected thing will happen, like having an extra day in the week. June 15,2011 on Religion & Public Life. Much of the coverage focused on the plan to build a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero in New York City, a Florida pastor's threat to organize a public burning of the Koran, and commemorations of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Stories related to these three events collectively accounted for more than 40% of all religion-related coverage studied in mainstream U.S. media (broadcast and cable television, newspapers; radio and major news websites). (Source: Pew Research Center, summarized by Pastor Rick) Ask Pastor Rick Is it wrong to donate an organ or get an organ transplant? The Bible does not specifically address the issue of organ transplants. Obviously that ,would not have been known in Bible times. I think a compelling argument for organ donation is that it d monstrates a deep love and compassion toward others, which would fulfill the mandate to "love your neighbor," found in the Torah (see Leviticus 19:18, a verse Jesus quoted in His Sermon on the Mount, see Matthew 5:43). It seems to me a willingness to donate an organ from our own bodies would be an extreme example of selfless sacrifice for another. Rick Hill is the Senior Pastor at Hillside Community Church on 3rd and C Streets in Julian, CA. Direct all questions and ,correspondence to: PastorRick@ julianchurch.org or Hillside Community Church, Religion In The News, Box 973, Julian, CA, 92036. (Opinions in this column do not necessarily express the views of Julian News, its editor, or employees.) CUSTOM HOMES DECK NG DOORS & W NDOWS ELECTR CA_ SERV CE HARDWOOD FLOOR NG GRAD NG PA NTING . 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