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Monday, September 22, 2008

When Congress passed the 2008 farm bill on June 18, 2008, it promised to increase funding for the most important and popular program in farm country to prevent water pollution and tackle other priority conservation problems.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Behind the thin green gloss Congressional leaders spread across the subsidy-laden 2008 farm bill, the Democratic Congress is now hacking away at pledges to expand conservation and other environmental programs.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Behind the thin green gloss Congressional leaders spread across the subsidy-laden 2008 farm bill, key Democratic lawmakers are hacking away at promises to expand conservation and other environmental programs.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

EWG's Ken Cook is interviewed about farm subsidies.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

EWG's Ken Cook is interviewed about farm subsidies.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today an action plan that will do little to slow the growth of the oxygen-starved ocean ‘Dead Zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico, says three members of the Mississippi River Water Quality Collaborative. Recent studies place the size of this year’s Dead Zone at a record setting – 22,000 square kilometers (10,000 square miles) – an area roughly equivalent to the size of Massachusetts.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - Today a subcommittee for Congress’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform convened a hearing on “Management of Civil Rights at the United States Department of Agriculture”.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

By any measure, 2007 was a banner year for farmers of grain, soybeans and cotton, as high prices for their crops earned them record net income, even after they paid skyrocketing costs for fuel, fertilizer and seed.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Over the next few weeks, some American couples will get $1,200 of their own money back from Washington. This is the maximum, one-time tax rebate Congress provided last February in their desperate attempt to revive our faltering economy that has since been declared in recession. By contrast, in a few months some other American couples, who operate some of the largest, most profitable farms in the country or merely own huge swaths of farmland, could be receiving 100 times that amount from the government--$120,000.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Today the USGS released findings that show agricultural practices in 9 states contribute 75% of the nitrogen and phosphorous pollution to the “Dead Zone” in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Currently, the growing Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico is the size of New Jersey.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thank you to our supporters for making 2007 such a great year! See what we're planning for 2008.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Take a tour of the farms of six major US cities: New York City ($4.2 million in subsidy dollars), Hollywood ($2.9 million), DC ($3.1 million), Atlanta ($7 million), Tampa ($4.3 million), and San Francisco ($7.4 million).

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Due to lax standards and implementation problems, USDA's conservation compliance program is missing cost-effective opportunities to make further, substantial reductions in cropland soil erosion and agriculture-related toxic run-off. Conservation compliance is critical to mitigating the damage agriculture related pollution does to streams, waterways and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

View and Download our report here: Trouble Downstream

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

This is our first Ask EWG video! We're pretty excited about it, but as a small nonprofit that focuses on research we're just getting the hang of this YouTube thing. If you've got any comments, suggestions, or original music we could use in our videos, please let us know by leaving a comment or sending an email.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Remember the petition we asked (and asked, and asked) you to sign to tell Congress to Grow Organics?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

View and Download the report here: Short Crop

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Conventional wisdom is by definition logical, predictable, and normal — in other words, a snooze fest. This week the devil buys ice skates and pigs brush up on their aviation skills as OTB takes a closer look at conventional wisdom.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

 

So much for "gone fishing". A report by the Canadian watchdog Environmental Defence has revealed that many types of Great Lakes fish are "somewhat or completely unfit for human consumption". And, the organization warns, fish advisories will increase as more categories of fish are found to be dangerously contaminated.

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