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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The new version of H.R. 1599 is a radical overreach that does not simply deny consumers the right to know what’s in their food or how it is grown. The new version of legislation dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know or “DARK” Act also denies state and local governments the right to protect farmers and rural residents from the environmental impacts of GMO crops. It’s shocking and must be rejected.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Nitrogen from fertilizers and manures washed off farmland costs Americans $157 billion a year in damages to human health and the environment.
 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

An article in the May 27 edition of Harvest Public Media, an online news outlet devoted to news about agriculture, amounts to first-hand evidence of the destruction of the iconic Prairie Pothole Region – an oasis of grassland and wetlands in North America.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

News that the world’s cancer experts are taking a fresh look at 2,4-D has farm organizations worried.

 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Do you think the federal government couldn’t order something worse for the environment than the Keystone XL oil pipeline?

Think again.

 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

At Ben & Jerry’s, we’re really proud of the ingredients we use in our ice cream and we’ve always been happy to tell our fans what’s in the pint. We love talking about our long-term relationship with the St. Albans Dairy Co-op, the Greyston Bakery and Rhino Foods. We’re proud of our fair-trade and non-GMO ingredients, which is why it’s so hard for me to understand why any company wouldn’t want to scream from the rooftops about the ingredients it uses.

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Does the president of Colombia care more about the health of coca cultivators than President Obama cares about the health of U.S. farmworkers?
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

A new analysis in Choices Magazine shows that voluntary agricultural pollution programs still aren’t working.
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers’ use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers.
 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Congressional notion that ethanol could act as a bridge to truly green biofuels is crumbling before our eyes.
 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chipotle gets it.

The popular quick-service restaurant understands that genetically engineered foods, called GMOs, are often grown in a way that is harmful to the environment.

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A new EWG report released this week pulls back the curtain on the billions of taxpayer dollars that get wasted every year through the “prevented planting” federal crop insurance program that encourages growers to plow up ecologically important wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota.

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More than 90 percent of Americans want GMOs to be labeled because they want the right to know what’s in their food. One important reason to be informed is that growing GMOs has led to a massive increase in the use of weed killers that can harm people’s health.
 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The front group of all front groups, the American Council on Science and Health, has not disclosed its donor list since the early 1990’s.
 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kraft’s mac and cheese boxed dinner marks an essential part of childhood for many Americans. For some of us, it just about defines “comfort food.”

 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Reuters reported today that recent tests by private labs have found residues of the weed killer glyphosate in samples of honey, soy sauce, infant formula and even breast milk.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

American growers sprayed 280 million pounds of glyphosate on their crops in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. That amounts to nearly a pound of glyphosate for every person in the country.  

The use of glyphosate on farmland has skyrocketed since the mid-1990s, when biotech companies introduced genetically engineered crop varieties (often called GMOs) that can withstand being blasted with glyphosate. Since then, agricultural use of the herbicide has increased 16-fold.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The renewable fuel standard, the federal law that year after year requires refiners to blend more corn ethanol into gasoline, has caused millions of acres of grasslands to be plowed up and added millions of tons of carbon emissions to the atmosphere, a new study confirms.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Washington Post editorial this week (March 30) came out in support of legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) that would block states from requiring that genetically engineered foods (often called GMOs) be labeled and codify a voluntary labeling system that has never worked.

 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

EWG released a new analysis today (March 31) debunking the myth that genetically engineered crops (often called GMOs) will be crucial to “feeding the world” as the population soars.
 

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