Green Divas Radio Show: Are Pesticides Lowering Our IQ?

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green divas radio show collageThis week’s show brought us some serious insights from author and journalist, Susan Freinkel about how pesticides may be harming the brains of children and how that could impact our culture. But we also had an opportunity to introduce a couple of new segments, including Travelin’ Green Divas and Green Divas at Home. We also had some fun with one of our favorite local green dudes, actor and green roof home builder, James Michael Reilly

Listen to this Green Divas Radio Show . . .

Green Divas myEARTH360 Environmental News Update

We got a little spoiled last week having GD Lynn in the studio, but we managed to get an excellent GD myEARTH360 report by phone. After recovering from our alarm about the great Antarctica meltdown, we were impressed with the emerging innovation of bioplastic — that actually biodegrades — made from shrimp and silk. More encouraging news and a suggestion action, so read GD Lynn’s thorough GD myEARTH360 post for even greater detail, and of course listen to this Green Divas myEARTH360 podcast . . . 

Travelin’ Green Divas

We celebrated our first Travelin’ Green Divas segment with Healthy Voyager, Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, who gave use some excellent ideas of how we can stay healthy and green while we are on the road. Listen to our first Travelin’ Green Divas podcast!

Green Divas Feature Interview

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We’ve spoken to Susan Freinkel before about her book, Plastic a Toxic Love Story, but talked to her this time about her article in The Nation about a recent study that concludes that pesticides are having a negative impact on children. The study, known as  CHAMACOS, which stands for Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas, and was designed to primarily investigate the levels of pesticides farm working mothers and their children were being exposed to AND what the results of that exposure actually meant. The article is excellent and I highly recommend you go read Susan Freinkel’s article about the study in The Nation. Listen to this excellent Green Divas Feature podcast with Susan Freinkel (feature interview only).

Green Divas at Home

Another fun new segment is our Green Divas at Home, and we had a great time with Beth Greer, author of Supernatural Home, who talked to us about a few common things found in our homes that could be aging us prematurely — yikes! Read Beth’s excellent post, and please enjoy this great first Green Divas at Home podcast 

Green Dudes

Loved having Green Dude James Michael Reilly in the studio to talk more about his adventures in building one of New Jersey’s first intensive green roofed homes. He talked to us a bit about water-proofing, which is vital for this type of home. We always have fun when Jim is in the studio! Listen to this fun Green Dude podcast featuring James Michael Reilly . . .

And to add to the fun, please watch this short, fun video of James Michael Reilly talking about why he’s building Underhill and what sustainability means to him . . . 


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Megan McWilliams (Green Diva Meg)
megan@thegreendivas.com'

(aka Megan McWilliams) is a green living expert and media personality as the producer and host of the Green Divas Radio Show. She has been sharing low-stress ways of living a deeper shade of green for over 20 years. She is also produces podcasts and videos for the Green Divas and other clients through the Green Diva Studio.

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