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Sandra Steingraber is one of our favorite moms, biologists, and authors and we continue to find inspiration both in her life story and in the wealth of information she shares on raising children in a healthier environment. So we thought what better way to keep the holiday spirit going this week than to offer a Sandra Steingraber book giveaway!
This week we’ll treat two lucky readers to a free copy of Steingraber’s Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. This book is one that moved us (to laughter and tears) here at Stonyfield and one that will provide great food for thought as you prepare to make some important New Year’s resolutions.
All you have to do to enter is read on and answer our question in the comment section below.
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D is…
An ecologist, author, mother, and cancer survivor. She is also an internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health. Her highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue and was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries. In 2010 it was adapted for film by The People’s Picture Company of Toronto.
Steingraber’s Raising Elijah is…
A lyrical, witty, moving memoir that confronts the crisis our children face—an environment more threatening to their health than any generation in history—with precise science. Each lively chapter of this unique book focuses on one of the universals of childhood–milk, laundry, pizza, homework, the “Big Talk”–and explores the hidden, social political, and historical forces behind it. Throughout, Steingraber demonstrates how closely the intimate world of parenting connects to the public world of policy-making and how the ongoing environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life.
“I thought it would be fun for readers to follow an ecologist, who once chronicled interspecies relationships in rainforest habitats, as she explores the habitat of her own household with two children—from the timing of labor contractions to the arrival of puberty, from the origin of food preferences to the environmental influences on brain development.
Field biology turns out to be good preparation for motherhood. Every day is different. Variables are multiple, hypotheses dashed, experiments non-replicable. You have to pay attention all the time. You’re awake in the middle of the night. And then, just when you think you might have the whole mystery figured out, everything changes. It’s humbling.
Along the way, I reveal that the private, isolating world of parenting is profoundly connected to the public world of policymaking. In this way, Raising Elijah is both a memoir of a scientist mom and an exploration of the environmental threats to childhood.”
Steingraber also says the most important thing that parents can do after reading Raising Elijah is to…
“Flip immediately to the “Further Resources” section in the back, which contains an annotated list of groups that are already engaged in smart, creative solutions, from green chemistry and green architecture to efforts to redesign the National School Lunch Program and reform our nation’s famously useless toxic chemicals screening program. Just scanning through this list gives me hope because all these organizations are led by other parents, who are already hard at work. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel.”
Read all of Steingraber’s wonderful interview with the Science and Environmental Health Network here. And also her great blog titled “The Organic Manifesto of a Biologist Mother” on Organic Valley’s site here.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for your family?
Answer in our comments section below between 12/27/11 & 8 p.m. EST December 30, 2011 and we’ll randomly select two lucky winners to receive a copy of Raising Elijah in the New Year.