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America's wetlands and prairies are being lost and our drinking water and food supplies are contaminated with toxic pesticides, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics. The productivity of our farmland is being depleted, threatening future generations of farmers.

Many farmers are producing food in ways that protect family farms and the environment. But farm policies are doing too little to reward good stewardship and too much to underwrite unsustainable crop and animal production by the largest and most successful farm businesses.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A new EWG report reveals that from 2000 to 2013 a total of $4.4 billion in federal “prevented planting” crop insurance payouts went to farmers in 94 counties in the iconic Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota – despite attempts by the government to rein in the program’s costs.

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Monday, April 6, 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.

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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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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ignoring the World Health Organization’s conclusion that the crop chemical glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the glyphosate-containing herbicide Enlist Duo for agricultural use in nine more states. It had previously been approved for use on genetically engineered crops in six states.

 

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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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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Growing food takes a major toll on the environment, one that will grow worse in the coming decades as humanity faces the challenge of feeding a burgeoning population.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

An editorial in the Washington Post this week (March 30) claimed that if genetically modified foods – GMOs – are required to be labeled, the world’s poorest will suffer.
 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

In a recent article in Politico, reporter David Rogers took issue with estimates of per-acre subsidy payments that growers could receive under the Agriculture Risk Coverage farm subsidy program created in the 2014 farm bill – estimates that EWG highlighted in a March 13 blog.
 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

At a hearing of the House Agriculture Committee this week, opponents of mandatory labeling of GMO foods trotted out the now familiar argument that genetically engineered crops are the key to feeding Earth’s mushrooming population.

 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Buried in a recently released U.S. Government Accountability Office report is staggering evidence that the federal government’s crop insurance program serves as another source of farm business income instead of what most people would consider an insurance program.

 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Last week, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency released the alarming results of a study of waterways in the southwest corner of the state, reporting that only three of 93 segments it assessed was “fully supporting of aquatic life” and only one was “fully supporting of aquatic recreation.”

 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga) put fat cat farmers ahead of hungry kids in his 10-year budget, cutting funding for food assistance by $140 billion over ten years and cutting farm subsidies by just $1 billion.
 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

The 2014 farm bill will prove to be the most expensive ever thanks to new subsidies Congress added on top of the already costly crop insurance program, researchers at the University of Missouri said in an analysis released this week.

 

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

This weekend, Republican candidates for President will head to the first-ever Iowa Agriculture Summit to pledge their fealty to “free markets” and “smaller government.”

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Based on this week’s House Agriculture Committee hearings, you might think it’s the food stamp program – and not the heavily subsidized farm subsidy program – that is plagued by fraud and abuse.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

A new study shows that implementing simple good stewardship practices for farmland – such as planting cover crops of grasses during the off-season and using fertilizer with greater care – could reduce the amount of agricultural pollution fouling the Gulf of Mexico by 30 percent.

 

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Friday, February 6, 2015

A new report shows that some farmers could receive larger payments under newly implemented crop insurance programs than they would have through the discredited -- and now defunct -- direct payments system.
 

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A study of five representative Iowa counties shows that requiring simple buffer zones between crop fields and streams could get two-thirds of the way to the state's goal for reducing phosphorus pollution and one-fifth of the way to the nitrogen pollution target, while affecting only a tiny proportion of landowners and a vanishingly small percentage of row-crop acreage.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal contains two common-sense reforms to the broken federal crop insurance program that would save taxpayers billions of dollars and protect our land and water, EWG said in a statement.  

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Nitrate and phosphorus runoff from farm fields is a major reason why water quality is notoriously poor in Iowa’s rivers, streams and lakes.

 

 

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