My job requires me to enter schools all across New England on a daily basis. I see the "This is a nut-free zone!" signs all over the place. I hear the tales of woe about the lack of homemade baked goods allowed for birthday celebrations because something "may" have touched a peanut.
The rates of food allergies in children increased twofold in a period of 5 years. I've been scratching my head as an armchair scientist wondering WTF is going on. 6 months pregnant and with a pistachio habit that just won't quit, I find myself having little freakouts: "Wait - exposure is GOOD, right? Like allergy shots? Or am I slowly and quietly hurting my baby through snack food?" And of course, no one fucking knows so the children are coddled like precious glass dolls and the parents point fingers and get all self-righteous.
So PLEASE. Read the article and spread around some common sense and knowledge worth having.