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The food we produce and the way we produce it has profound effects—good or bad—on our health, quality of life and the environment. On these pages you will learn what EWG is doing to protect your health and environment while ensuring a sustainable future for America’s working farms and ranches.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The most commonly found pesticide in U.S. ground and surface water – a toxic weed killer called atrazine – will now have to carry a warning label in the most populated state in the country. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Environmental Working Group issued the following statement today after the Senate Agriculture Committee narrowly passed a version of the House-adopted Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A toxic blob is lurking outside Cleveland – and it’s getting closer. 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Thousands of gallons of liquid pig feces are sprayed on the field just eight feet from your kitchen window. Welcome to life alongside a factory farm. 

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

A new study shows that bloated crop subsidies may be contributing to Americans’ expanding waistlines and poor health.

 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of the Florida coast? Sandy beaches, sunshine, warm water and … toxic algal blooms? 

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Friday, June 24, 2016

A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that farm conservation practices in some parts of the Midwest have reduced farm pollution by 5-to-34 percent. Yet researchers are measuring near-record concentrations of farm pollution flowing down the Mississippi River this year.

 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Manure pits that hold livestock and poultry waste give off foul-smelling toxic air pollutants that can be deadly to farmworkers and local residents, who often are powerless to defend the health of their families from the noxious emissions.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A first-of-its-kind interactive map revealing the locations of more than 6,500 concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, across the state of North Carolina was released today by Waterkeeper Alliance, North Carolina Riverkeeper organizations and Environmental Working Group. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great news! The organic industry is fighting to strengthen its animal welfare standards to ensure the health and well-being of livestock and poultry throughout their lives.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Days after the United Nations released startling new data showing that agriculture’s contribution to climate change is getting worse, the House and Senate Appropriations committees approved spending bills that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from monitoring and regulating greenhouse gas emissions from concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

North Carolina boasts the nation’s second biggest hog farming industry, worth $3 billion in hog and pig sales in 2012 alone, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It ranks third among the states for poultry production

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Near record concentrations of farm pollution were measured flowing down the Mississippi River in May, according to a recently published report.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Members of Congress collected at least $9.5 million in farm subsidies between 1995 and 2014, according to new data from EWG’s Farm Subsidy Database – including more than $1.1 million in subsidies over the last five years. 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Monsanto marketed its potent weed killer glyphosate – brand name Roundup -- and the corn and soybeans genetically engineered to withstand it by claiming that it would replace other, more toxic weed killers such as atrazine on American farmland

 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The costs of two farm subsidy programs are spiraling out of control, belying Congressional assurances in 2014 that they would save taxpayers’ money, according to two recent estimates.
 

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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday (June 2) released a draft risk assessment confirming what some scientists have been warning for years: the weedkiller atrazine likely poses a risk to many animals including fish, amphibians, mammals, and birds. If finalized, the finding could lead to severe restrictions on the second-most widely used herbicide in the U.S.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

A lot is at stake for food and farm policy. It must remain a main course on the America's table. 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Americans are willing to pay more to buy organic foods. That’s the conclusion from a new report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A team of scientists at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. has discovered the first instance of a person living in the U.S. infected with a feared antibiotic-resistant microbe, according to a research report published Thursday (May 26) in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.   

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