From Fluoride Action Network


January 29, 2014

When you want to introduce a toxic fluoride pesticide into America’s food supply and you don’t have science, or the law, on your side, what do you do? You pay millions of dollars to lobbyists in Washington D.C. to re-write the law. And that, unfortunately, is exactly what Dow AgroSciences has appeared to have done. Yesterday, FAN learned that Dow has successfully lobbied to have a one-paragraph provision added to the Farm Bill that will reverse the EPA’s proposed decision to prohibit the use of sulfuryl fluoride on American-grown food. The Senate is expected to vote on the Bill later this afternoon. If you are as outraged as we are by this stealth effort to undermine public health for private profit, please contact your congressional representatives immediately.

Here’s some background:

In January 2011, the EPA granted FAN’s objections to the use of sulfuryl fluoride because Americans are already receiving too much fluoride from other sources, including water and toothpaste. As FAN (together with Environmental Working Group and Beyond Pesticides) repeatedly pointed out to EPA in submissions spanning 8 years, the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA, the law governing pesticide use in the U.S.) prohibits the use of pesticides if people are already receiving unsafe levels from all aggregate sources. After reviewing the data that FAN submitted, the EPA conceded that using sulfuryl fluoride was inconsistent with the legislative mandate of the FQPA.

After EPA announced this decision, Dow immediately went to work lobbying Congress to change the law. While FAN coordinated several letter-writing campaigns to thwart Dow’s lobbying efforts, Dow appears to be on the brink of getting its way.

Please call and email your congressperson right now and tell them to

VOTE NO on the farm bill!

With Dow and its friends in Congress jacking up the fluoride levels in the nation’s food supply it becomes more urgent than ever to end the unnecessary and outdated practice of adding fluoride to the public water supply.

For those who wish to protect themselves from this renewed assault on their lives a good start is to buy organic wherever you can, or grow your own food if you have the space. FAN will also be investigating which corporations will be using Dow’s sulfuryl fluoride so that our members will know which foods – and which corporations – to avoid.

Stuart Cooper,
Campaign Director 
Fluoride Action Network



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Help protect the Gila River

The threats to the Gila River are reaching a critical point. The Governor appointed Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) is meeting next week to discuss the possibility of constructing a Gila pipeline and to evaluate conservation alternatives. This upcoming 2014 NM State Legislative Session, beginning January 21st, is also the last opportunity for the state legislature to evaluate and weigh in on the diversion and non-diversion alternatives before the ISC makes its final decision.

Please help us send a strong message to Governor Martinez that a Gila River diversion project is unnecessary, expensive and will harm the free-flowing Gila River and the rich biological diversity and outdoor recreation economy that depends on it. Instead we should prioritize conservation solutions to use our current water supplies more wisely and protect the Gila River for people, wildlife and future generations.

Sign the petition today:

Water Wheel meditation Sunday at noon

Medicine Water Wheel meditation and prayer for moisture:
         Sunday at 12 Noon at the Water Wheel in Frenchy’s Park beside the footbridge over the Santa Fe River
Please join us in a brief prayer and meditation to bless the River, pray for precip and offer our gratitude for 2013 and seeds for the coming year. This is also a prayer for healing for J.Lynch’s son who was in a major car accident, a response to the request of the water sprite for blessings and a moment to remember Justine Witlox-Beker, in whose memory the water wheel in the park was created.
               Please bring water to bless and share with the tree(s) and your prayers, offerings and benevolence. If you park in the Agua Fria parking lot, walk through the park down towards the river, past the Labyrinth and the Community Garden. The Water Wheel is to the left of the bridge. You can also park on the other side of the bridge at the bottom of Camino Carlos Rael off of West Alameda. We will plan to be finished by 1 PM.