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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Breakfast cereals like Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and General Mills’ Cheerios have been breakfast table regulars for nearly a century. Many of us think of them as a healthy way to start the day. After all, several are made from whole grains, contain a good amount of fiber and feature several vitamins and minerals. These attributes are generally considered good for us, so it should follow that the foods also are healthy. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

What are your chances of getting bit by a mosquito infected with the Zika virus? 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

“For many children, diet may be the most influential source” of pesticides, said the Academy of Pediatrics in a landmark report published in November 2012.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cal Dooley, the top lobbyist for the chemical industry, likes to say he is optimistic that the proposed chemical safety law being developed in Congress would be the “gold standard” on which other nations could base their chemical regulations. While there’s still a slim chance the new legislation might be better than current law, let’s not get carried away.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

This week EWG asked our Facebook followers to thank Driscoll’s, the nation’s largest grower of strawberries, for its investment in organic farming to date and commitment to increasing organic production in the future. Some people took us to task, expressing concern over the company’s labor practices and its incomplete use of organic practices during the full growing cycle. 

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

One of your kid’s favorite fruits is hiding a dirty secret. Of all the fresh fruits and vegetables available for sale in the United States, sweet, sun-kissed strawberries are the most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues, according to EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Consumers and the environment have reason to rejoice. According to new data released this week by the Department of Agriculture, the number of certified organic farms and operations in the United States surged by almost 12 percent from 2014 to 2015.

 

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Friday, April 8, 2016

National media outlets, public health officials and Congress have all focused recently on lead contamination in drinking water, as they should be. The tainted water in Flint, Mich., Newark, N.J. and many other communities around the country poses a serious, potentially lifelong public health threat to millions. But industrial pollution in people happens long before they take their first sip of water.
 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

On this day in 1938, a DuPont chemist named Roy J. Plunkett in Deepwater, N.J., accidentally discovered polytetrafluoroethylene, a slippery substance remarkably resistant to water, grease and stains. DuPont patented PTFE as Teflon. To honor Plunkett’s discovery, April 6 is National Teflon Day, according to nationaldaycalendar.com, which tracks such things. We won’t be celebrating.

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Every parent knows that caring for a new baby requires lots and lots of cleaning. But can washing up the milk and spit-up introduce your baby to potentially harmful chemicals?

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Perchlorate, a toxic component of rocket fuel, may be harming your baby’s development – and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing it to happen, even in the face of clear health hazards.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016

“Five Questions from Ken” is a new series of conversations with EWG President Ken Cook and inspiring leaders of the environmental health world.

 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

You might think you can’t put a price on protecting public health and the environment. But you’d be wrong — especially if we’re talking about the nation's broken and outdated chemicals law, the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Kraft made headlines a year ago when it announced changes to its famed, kid-favorite macaroni and cheese. The company vowed to replace artificial dyes with natural ingredients and to eliminate artificial flavors and preservatives. Nearly a year later, Kraft has unveiled a massive marketing campaign for what the company calls the “world’s largest ‘blind taste test’.”

 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The rate of premature births in the U.S. is among the highest in the developed world, with nearly one in 10 babies born in 2014 arriving before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
 

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Friday, March 25, 2016

It’s the time of year for pretty Easter dresses, and for many kids, the frillier and shinier, the better. Parents, however, should beware of dresses packaged with metal jewelry. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

When Jon Whelan first smelled a strange odor coming from his daughter's brand-new pajamas, he wanted to find out what caused it. He had no idea that this seemingly simple question would lead him on a quest through corporate boardrooms, the halls of Congress, and back alleys, eventually to discover that companies are not required to disclose whether their products contain potentially toxic chemicals.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

We wrote earlier this month about a troubling provision that was slipped at the last minute into the House version of the industry-backed chemical regulation bill that would update the weak 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This is a big week for everyone who eats! Which is all of us. Four major food companies – ConAgra Foods, Kellogg’s, General Mills and Mars, Inc. – announced they will label food products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.  These companies join Campbell’s Soup, which declared its intent to do likewise back in January.


 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Omega-3 fatty acids boost brain development in fetuses and babies. They are widely considered healthy and safe for women who are pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant. But which is the better source of omega-3s: fish or fish oil supplements?

 

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