Do You Like Wooden Baby Toys?

19 12 2008

Because I do. And so does Masher. In fact, I am currently engaged in a desperate search for a wooden teething rattle (handmade in Oregon) that we seem to have lost somewhere along the way. And Masher misses it terribly.

An anonymous baby from the Earnest Efforts web site ... Looks like he enjoys the rattle almost as much as Masher does!

An anonymous baby from the Earnest Efforts web site ... Looks like he enjoys the rattle almost as much as Masher does!

In the process of looking for it on the Internet, I came across some really bad news. Apparently, after the various China toy scares this year, Congress passed a law requiring special labeling and third-party testing for toys … which is great and all, only they forgot in their haste to make any allowances about the small toymakers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. And complying with the law as written would put a lot of these guys out of business. And then Masher couldn’t have his teething rattle, and — believe me — we’d all be really, REALLY sad about that. So, check out this web site if you want to do something about it, like writing a letter to your congressman:   http://www.handmadetoyalliance.org/

Imagine if all of the small farmers we use via CSAs or farmers markets had to comply with industrial food processing regulations. Goodbye, juicy, ripe, pesticide-free summer tomatoes …

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22 12 2008
Tricia

And here’s another article about the issue from today’s Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/20/AR2008122001878.html

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