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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or as we call it, “Breast Cancer Industry Month”) is less than a month away. It’s time to get ready.

Over the years we’ve seen it all: pink fracking drill bits for breast cancer, pink buckets of chicken, pink vacuum cleaners, pink handguns. And, a lot of these pink ribbon promotions do more for a corporation’s bottom line than for women at risk of and living with breast cancer. Some pink ribbon products may even increase the risk of breast cancer because they contain cancer-linked toxins, a hypocritical practice we call pinkwashing. But together we’ve made these companies change their ways.

So here are 5 things you can do to get ready for Pinktober:

  1. Brush up on our “Critical Questions for Conscious Consumers so you’re ready to think critically about pink ribbon promotions—and help your community do the same.
  2. Support Breast Cancer Action through your own “Don’t Pink For Me”campaign. You can trust us because we’re free from conflicts of interest. Tell your friends and family “Don’t Pink for Me” and ask them to make a donation to Breast Cancer Action in your honor instead.
  3. Tell your friends to sign up for our emailsMake sure your family and friends are in-the-know about our campaign when we launch at the beginning of October. 
  4. Like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterBe ready to “like” and share our posts with your friends and retweet us using our campaign hashtag.
  5. Support our work and gather with others in the SF Bay Area Breast Cancer Action community at our Action Speak Louder than Pink – Food for Thought event on October 16 for a thought-provoking program accompanied by a delicious meal.

The best way to prep for the month-long parade of pink is to get ready to use the collective power we have to make change. We truly can’t make a difference without you.

In solidarity,

Kira Jones
Communications Officer, Breast Cancer Action

PS. Wondering where the pink ribbon came from? Learn about the history here.

Breast Cancer Action Petition

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

 

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Action is my favorite organization that exposes companies that make or distribute products that can cause cancer. Here is a petition from Breast Cancer Action I would like you to consider signing. Since the links did not come up when I cut and pasted this, go directly to their special website for this campaign: www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org to read and sign. (This is a slightly abbreviated form; their website has the entire text.)

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Would you eat an orange grown with oil wastewater?

Well, you might have already, without even knowing it.

Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus, the U.S.’s largest citrus grower and the company behind Halos® mandarins, are using leftover wastewater from oil corporations to irrigate their citrus—while also using pink ribbons to sell them.

Tell Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus that “Toxic Isn’t Tasty.” Tell them to stop pinkwashing and stop watering our food with oil wastewater.

The use of oil wastewater for food irrigation is expanding rapidly in California—the U.S.’s third largest oil-extracting state, which also produces the bulk of the nation’s fruits and veggies.

….But at least one test of oil wastewater used for food irrigation found that it contained the chemical benzene, a known human carcinogen linked to breast cancer.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Maximum Contaminant Level Goal for benzene in drinking water is zero, which means “there is no dose below which the chemical is considered safe.”
Using oil wastewater to irrigate our food has not been proven safe—neither for the health of the public nor for the health of farm workers, who are exposed firsthand to these chemicals. In fact, an expert panel is currently reviewing the use of oil wastewater for food irrigation for associated health risks—yet California’s top officials are still permitting companies like Bee Sweet and Wonderful to use it!

Recently, we delivered your signatures to California Governor Jerry Brown urging him to end the use of oil wastewater for food irrigation. To date, he has failed to do so. In the absence of strong government action, we’re calling on Bee Sweet Citrus and Wonderful Citrus to stop using oil wastewater to irrigate their crops while using pink ribbons to sell citrus—a practice we call pinkwashing.

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Join us in telling these citrus companies to stand up for women affected by breast cancer. Tell them to stop irrigating their citrus with oil wastewater and use their power to ensure that oil wastewater is not used to irrigate any of our food.

Now that would really be sweet and wonderful!

Karuna Jaggar
Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action