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Last week, the Environmental Working Group released a report analyzing antibiotic resistance of bacteria detected in supermarket meat. We unearthed data buried deep in the annual report of theNational Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, a federal food safety effort run by the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Our report struck at nerve at FDA. The agency issued a statement calling it “misleading” and “alarmist.” You can read our full response here. Essentially, the FDA argued that antibiotic resistance to only one drug is not that big of a deal because there are still some other antibiotics that could treat bacterial infections – for now.Read More
Our report struck at nerve at FDA. The agency issued a statement calling it “misleading” and “alarmist.” You can read our full response here. Essentially, the FDA argued that antibiotic-resistance to only one drug is not that big of a deal because there are still some other antibiotics that could treat bacterial infections – for now.
The FDA glossed over the reality that scientists know well: antibiotic-resistance traits can spread like wildfire as genes pass freely from one microbe to another. Microbes that have adapted to defeat antibiotics designed to kill them can share this ability -- and create more superbugs.Read More
The federal Food and Drug Administration has posted a statement on its website criticizing the Environmental Working Group’s report, Superbugs Invade American Supermarkets, published April 15. The agency contends that EWG oversimplified data from the federal government’s 2011 Retail Meat Report, a joint project of the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture.Read More
Apples top the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen™ list of most pesticide-contaminated produce, followed by strawberries, grapes and celery. Other fresh fruits and vegetables on the new Dirty Dozen list, a part of EWG's 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ are peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers.Read More
For EWG and its legion of supporters, last week was all about food on Capitol Hill.Read More
EWG's 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce will be coming out soon. Stay tuned.
March is Women’s History Month, when the nation honors the many women who have had a lasting impact on American culture, history and women’s rights.Read More
The departure of Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “leaves a gaping hole in the Obama administration's leadership on food and agriculture policy,” Environmental Working Group’s president Ken Cook said today.Read More
My slow cooker is battered and dinged, and I love it. Fill it with filtered water and dried beans in the morning, set on low, and by dinnertime, I have a steaming pot of cooked beans. Or load it up with broth and chopped vegetables, and I come home to a beautiful soup for a healthy meal.Read More
I need to start by publicly apologizing for not engaging in the debate over genetically engineered crops, technically, genetically modified organisms or GMOs, until two years ago.Read More
When the weather turns, the days get shorter and it's time to get out the winter clothes, it's also high season for the Brassicaceae, or mustard family, on your family's dinner table.Read More
With the elections finally behind us, Congress has returned to Washington to try to wrap up a slew of unfinished business. Among other things, lawmakers are grappling with how to revive the expired farm bill, while at the same time they must somehow address the looming “fiscal cliff” of higher taxes and crippling budget cuts that could drive the economy back into recession.Read More
This year, give thanks with less--fewer pesticides, greenhouse gases and maybe less money.Read More
With only five legislative weeks left, Congress must vote to extend the farm bill, but it must do it in a way that reflects the nation’s spending priorities, supports family farmers and protects the environment.Read More
Some of the word’s biggest food and beverage companies are spending millions of dollars to defeat California’s Proposition 37, the GMO labeling initiative, claiming it would deceive consumers. Yet federal regulators have forced these companies to remove labels and advertisements on grounds they were deceptive.Read More
Despite all the attention being paid to the farm bill by political candidates, the coming elections are not likely to be decided by agricultural policy positions. In the run-up to Election Day, you might think rural voters were looking for someone to blame for Congress’ failure to pass a farm bill.Read More
At 8:00pm tonight KQED-FM will re-air the only major debate to date on California’s Proposition 37 to label GMO foods.Read More