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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Obama administration’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of respected scientific and medical experts who help craft the federal government’s official position on nutrition, yesterday released a long-awaited report that finally acknowledged the link between human health and environmental health.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

When I heard earlier this week that a train carrying crude oil had derailed and exploded in flames near the West Virginia town of Mount Carbon, I had a sickening feeling of déjà vu.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In between blizzards, you may be thinking of installing insulation to save money and energy.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A study published last week (Feb. 5) has confirmed once again that a good way to eat fewer pesticides is to choose organically grown fruits and veggies whenever possible.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EWG’s research team uses Food Scores database to bring you a February Food Scores Challenge featuring tortilla chips and salsa.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New tests of wastewater discharged from oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania and West Virginia show that water tainted with high levels of toxic chemicals is ending up in rivers and streams. 


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Elk River chemical disaster, which unfolded a year and four days ago, is one of those crises too terrible to waste.  Here are five surprising lessons we need to learn from the spill, which contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginians.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The federal Food and Drug Administration has quietly reaffirmed its position that Americans are not being harmed by bisphenol A, a synthetic estrogen that is an essential ingredient of the epoxy coating that lines the insides of most food cans made in the U.S despite a massive body of evidence that suggests otherwise.  


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Monday, December 29, 2014

From the EWG staff, our picks for the Top 10 Enviroblog stories that had the most impact on Americans’ environmental health in 2014.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dr. Theo Colborn was the Rachel Carson of a generation of environmentalists who work on toxic chemicals, pollution and health. She inspired hard work, inventive investigation and courage across the entire environmental movement. 



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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?