Sign up to receive email updates, action alerts, health tips, promotions to support our work and more from EWG. You can opt-out at any time. [Privacy]

 

Farming

EWG works to build a farm and food system that makes people healthy, keeps working farm and ranch families on the land and improves the environment.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Environmental Working Group's Ken Cook discusses the 2007 Farm Bill and organics at UC Berkeley's "Food Fight: A Teach-in on the 2007 Farm Bill" on March 21, 2007.

Read More
Key Issues:
Video
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Environmental Working Group's Ken Cook discusses the 2007 Farm Bill and organics at UC Berkeley's "Food Fight: A Teach-in on the 2007 Farm Bill" on March 21, 2007.

Read More
Video
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Environmental Working Group's Ken Cook discusses the 2007 Farm Bill and organics at UC Berkeley's "Food Fight: A Teach-in on the 2007 Farm Bill" on March 21, 2007.

Read More
Video
Saturday, March 17, 2007

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) today (March 17) unveiled legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs and increase nutrition funding by $4.5 billion over 10 years. Of the total, $1.2 billion would increase the number of children who receive food and $3.2 billion would go toward delivering higher quality meals intended to fight childhood obesity.

Read More
Key Issues:
AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, February 8, 2007

Last night I watched the agricultural documentary How to Save the World. The film follows New Zealand bio-dynamic farmer Peter Proctor to India where he works with farmers to transition from chemical intensive agriculture to bio-dynamic farming methods which combine spiritual and holistic practices with organic agriculture to operate
a farm as a closed self-nourishing system.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, February 7, 2007

EWG and the National Black Farmers Association are pleased with the introduction of the Pigford Claims Remedy Act today. Introduced by Representatives Scott (D-VA) and Chabot (R-OH) and Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Obama (D-IL), the act will help thousands of African American farmers who were denied entry in the Pigford v. Glickman settlement.

Read More
Key Issues:
News Release
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Can fish really be “organic?” Well, that depends how the USDA shapes that definition in the coming years. Currently the agency has no standards for what qualifies a fish as organic and it seems they are moving towards guidelines that favor aquaculture—the factory farming of the sea—rather than wild caught fish.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, November 3, 2006

In a step toward creating a peaceful union between farming and conservation, the Ballance Farm Environment Awards of New Zealand announced their acceptance of nominations for farmers w

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

"A team of researchers who studied the occupations of nearly all the Windsor, Ont., women who developed breast cancer in a period from 2000 to 2002 found they were about three times more likely to have worked on farms than women who didn't have the disease."

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, September 22, 2006

 

Autism: The continuing debate over whether vaccines play a role in neurodevelopmental disorders is more than academic, with children's health and industry wealth hanging in the balance. British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said yesterday he plans to invest $3 billion in technologies to help combat global warming. The investment, valued in 2006 dollars, will be made over the next 10 years in biofuels and other environmentally friendly ways to replace oil and coal.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, September 21, 2006

While sensationalists and those fond of chemical-intensive farming were ready to hang the organic industry at the first mention of an E coli outbreak, NYT farm and food columnist Nina Planck says the culprit is not spinach growers at all, but rather industrial beef and dairy farmers. E. coli O157:H7, the virus strain responsible for making humans ill, is not found in the intestines of cattle fed a natural diet of grass and hay. The virus thrives in the acidic stomachs of cattle fed on grain, the typical feed on industrial farms.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Purdue University has agreed to host one of a series of debates on farm subsidies and the next farm bill that EWG president Ken Cook has proposed to former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest. Professor Otto Doering, an internationally respected agricultural economist, policy expert and educator would be serving as moderator.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A new Environmental Working Group analysis identifies and posts online more than 1.2 million prospective recipients of a proposed $1.5 billion crop subsidy bonus contained in HR 4939, The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the

Read More
Key Issues:
Reports & Consumer Guides
Wednesday, April 19, 2006

 

From The Huffington Post: "No, not the Stephen King novel. It's no work of fiction, but a growing horror just the same. Every spring, polluted waters from the Mississippi watershed drain into the Gulf of Mexico, bringing a feast of nitrates for algae, which literally take up all of the available oxygen in the process, killing any bottom-feeding sealife and driving away any other critters capable of moving, e.g. commercially attractive fish and seafood."

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Monday, April 10, 2006
Key Issues:
Reports & Consumer Guides
Sunday, April 9, 2006

For over 20 years, scientists have documented the appearance of a summertime "Dead Zone" that all but obliterates marine life in what is arguably the nation's most important fishery, the Gulf of Mexico. Each year the Dead Zone grows to an area that is roughly the size of New Jersey - ranging from 5,000 to 8,000 square miles.

Read More
AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, February 3, 2006

In a proposal that “drew praise from the mining industry”, the EPA recently suggested we all stop worrying about air quality in America’s less populous areas, insisting that dust from those fruited plains and majestic mountains can’t possibly hurt you, as if the only air pollution in the world was the black stuff from tailpipes and smokestacks.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, November 9, 2005

This year, the New York Times reports, both farmers and the federal government are covering corn at potentially record levels. Farmers are struggling to store this year's bountiful corn harvest, even buying massive tarps to cover mountains of corn that must be left outdoors.

Read More
Key Issues:
EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Two national environmental organizations, Environmental Working Group and Beyond Pesticides, joined today with the Fluoride Action Network in challenging the safety of new food tolerances issued by the EPA for the fluoride based pesticide, sulfuryl fluoride.

Read More
News Release
Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, a few hundred California farms in Fresno and Kings counties annually get enough water to supply every household in Los Angeles, at pennies on the dollar of the price paid by urban water users.

Read More
Key Issues:
AgMag
Blog Post

Pages

Subscribe to Farming