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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Partisan gridlock has been rising almost as fast as the staggering rates of skin cancer diagnoses and deaths. That’s why EWG is so pleased that Congress was able to come together to pass the Sunscreen Innovation Act, which President Obama signed into law this month. This long awaited and much needed step will ensure better access to safer, more effective sunscreens.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Between entertaining, shuttling kids and visiting elderly parents and other family members most of us don’t have the time and energy to whip up from-scratch meals several times a day.  Yet everybody has to eat.

This year, instead of resorting to your local fast food joint, use EWG’s Food Scores database to pack the fridge and pantry with quick and healthier snacks and meals. Our new, easy-to-use food database rates more than 80,000 foods on nutrition and ingredients of concern. It also estimates the degree to which each product has been processed.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Depending on who you talk to, the seven grams of saturated fat in that tablespoon of butter may be a significant contributor to heart disease – the number one cause of death in the United States – or just a delicious morsel, especially if you can get it from organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised cows.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

In an unprecedented step for a developing country, the Brazilian government is officially urging its citizens to avoid ultra-processed foods in favor of raw and minimally processed foods in order to improve nutrition and help curb obesity.

 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EWG’s Food Scores shows that 100 percent of stuffing mixes have added sugar in them. Not only that, but nearly half of them have ingredients I’d rather avoid because they raise potentially “higher” concerns for health, including links to cancer, and about a quarter have ingredients that raise “moderate” concerns.

Friday, November 14, 2014

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t want to eat mystery chemicals. And you’d like to eat food, not food-ish stuff full of synthetics. But which food chemicals are most important to avoid?  EWG’s Dirty Dozen List of Food Additives is here to help.

Monday, November 10, 2014

EWG scientists have concluded that consumers should shop vigilantly, choosing foods selectively to lower their chances of consuming excessive arsenic. That’s why EWG’s Food Score flags arsenic as a “concern” in rice-based products.

Friday, October 31, 2014

So should consumers choose low-calorie sweeteners or should they opt for sugar?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Food industry lobbyists are none too pleased with EWG’s new scoring system for foods

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Natural flavor” is the fourth most common ingredient listed in EWG’s Food Scores, which rates more than 80,000 foods on their degree of nutrition, ingredient concerns and processing concerns. But what is “natural flavor” exactly? Are natural flavors really better than artificial flavors?

Monday, October 27, 2014

As EWG's Food Scores: Rate Your Plate reveals in detail, popular brands in many categories are not so much food as they are conveyances for excessive amounts of sugar, salt and preservatives.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The boom in hydraulic fracking to extract natural gas and oil has created a huge demand for silica sand.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

What does it take for a small Caribbean nation to implement strong, sustainable and popular ocean conservation practices?  A team of experts, an island community dedicated to preserving its way of life and one dynamic activist, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

California scored a big win for human health and the environment today (Sept. 30) when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to require labeling on upholstered furniture to tell shoppers whether it contains toxic flame retardant chemicals. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

A new proposal drafted by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) offers a path toward meaningful reform of our broken chemical safety laws. 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The chemical “safety” bill that the industry’s allies introduced in Congress is far worse than the current outdated and inadequate law. Here are 10 reasons why legislation hailed as “real progress” by some presents real problems for consumers worried about dangerous chemicals in consumer products.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Before Sunday’s climate march in New York City, environmental groups expected a turnout of maybe 100,000. The NY police thought the number would be closer to 30,000.

Hardly anyone expected the total to be more than 300,000.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Sunday (Sept. 14) that he was introducing legislation that would ban 10 toxic flame retardant chemicals from being used in children’s products and upholstered home furniture.

Monday, September 8, 2014

It’s getting more likely that in the near future, when you go shopping for a couch or chair, it will no longer be saturated with pounds of toxic chemical fire retardants.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thanks to the hard work of many advocacy organizations, including EWG, that lack of transparency may change very soon. California will likely become the first state in the nation to pass legislation that would require furniture labels to declare whether or not the product contains toxic flame retardant chemicals.

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