The Environmental Health Strategy Center changes its name


PORTLAND — After 20 years leading nationwide and national campaigns for safe food, clean water and non-toxic products, the Portland-based organization Environmental Health Strategy Center has changed its name to Defend our health.

Executive Director Mike Belliveau said in a press release that the organization’s mission to create a healthy environment for all has not changed.

“But with this rebranding comes a renewed energy to engage with more communities, in more places,” Belliveau said. “In Maine and with partners coast to coast, we can advocate for health by listening to and amplifying the voices of communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and toxic hazards.”

Defend Our Health continues to persuade government and industry decision makers to take action, in Maine and nationally. The organization advocates for the elimination of toxic substances from food and consumer products, fights for clean water and works to find sustainable solutions that use renewable materials to reduce plastic waste and fight climate change. climatic.

Since its founding in 2002, the organization has won the country’s first laws in Maine that are models for the nation, according to the press release.

  • At the top of the national Toxic-Free Food Campaign To end the use of toxic chemicals in food processing, packaging and preparation, Defend Our Health organized food trials that exposed toxic phthalates in canned macaroni and cheese, news reports in the whole world.
  • Last year, after bringing national attention to a Maine dairy farm ruined by toxic PFASs that contaminated water and cow’s milk, Defend Our Health won the nation’s first state law banning phthalates and PFAS from food packaging. The organization is now pushing to phase out all uses of PFAS statewide and for a law that makes polluters pay for damages.
  • In 2016, the organization won two state-level drinking water laws that expanded testing and created funds for low-income families to treat arsenic-contaminated well water. It’s Defend Our Health’s goal to ensure safe drinking water for more than 40 million Americans by closing the loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act that exempts household wells from legal protection. .
  • Maine’s Kid Safe Product Act, a victory in 2008, limits harmful chemicals in children’s products and has led to reforms in other states and at the federal level.

New to the organization is its burgeoning climate campaign to champion the health of people and the planet by working to end single-use, disposable plastic packaging and advance renewable plant-based resources as a raw material. first for sustainable bioplastics.

Visit the new web site – – for more information on Defend Our Health’s current work to create solutions for a toxic-free future.

Defend Our Health believes that everyone has the right to safe food and drinking water, healthy homes, and non-toxic, climate-friendly products. Armed with a strategy to forge diverse coalitions, empower the grassroots and drive market change, Defend Our Health is passing unprecedented legislation at all levels of government and impacting corporate chemical policy to protect public health.


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