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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Companies and organizations opposed to labeling foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients disclosed $9 million in lobbying expenditures that made reference to GE labeling in the first quarter of 2014 – nearly as much as they spent in all of 2013.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prominent doctors, scientists and business leaders today urged Congress to pressure the Obama administration to reject an application to market “Enlist DuoTM,” a new toxic herbicide mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Believe it or not, choosing between a burger and a chicken sandwich can affect more than just your waistline.

A new study led by scientists at Bard College in New York shows that going for beef has 10 times the environmental impact of eating any other kind of meat.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just when you thought that phthalates, chemicals added to plastics to make them more flexible, were off your radar, think again.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A new study led by a team of scientists at Newcastle University in England provides the most compelling and comprehensive evidence that organic crops are more nutritious than their conventional counterparts, Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops have higher concentrations of antioxidants, lower levels of cadmium and nitrates and fewer pesticide residues than non-organic crops.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield joined members of Congress and pro-GE labeling advocacy groups on Capitol Hill today to protest a House bill that would deny Americans the right to know about genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in their food.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The 32 countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ are all required to play by the same rules on the soccer field, but off the field they subscribe to different sets of rules when it comes to labeling genetically engineered foods.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

More than 500,000 people have submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging it to reject an application to market a new toxic herbicide called Enlist Duo, a mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There are 5,609 American schools within 200 feet of farm fields that may soon be blanketed with massive amounts of a toxic defoliant linked to Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and reproductive and immune system problems.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

If every American simply switched from beef to chicken, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 137 million metric tons of carbon  — or as much as taking 26 million cars off the road. 

That’s because beef produces eight times as much greenhouse gases as chicken (and 20 times as much as vegetable proteins like beans).

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Comments from Environmental Working Group on the Food and Drug Administration proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts label

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Monday, June 30, 2014

 

Administrator Gina McCarthy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

1200 Pennsylvania Ave

NW Washington, DC 20460

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Food fortification began decades ago as an effort to reduce the risk of having insufficient vitamins and minerals in Americans’ diet, but it has become a marketing tool that could be downright risky to health because of needless consumption of fortified nutrients.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated consumer guidelines on fish consumption. The two agencies said that because of the important developmental and health benefits, pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant and young children should eat 8-to-12 ounces (2-3 servings) a week of fish varieties that have lower levels of mercury contamination. 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

You want your kids to get the nutrients they need to grow up healthy and happy. 

The best way is to feed them plenty of fruits and vegetables and a diet rich in whole foods. But what about all the processed products that are fortified with lots of added vitamins and minerals? Should parents seek them out because of all of the extra nutrients they offer? Or might there be a hidden downside? These are the questions that EWG explores in its latest report, “Too Much of A Good Thing.” 

 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Nearly half of American kids age eight and younger consume potentially harmful amounts of vitamin A, zinc and niacin because of excessive food fortification, outdated nutritional labeling rules and misleading marketing tactics used by manufacturers, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group, a national environmental health research and advocacy organization.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The School Nutrition Association, which has allied itself with big food companies in an effort to weaken a four-year old federal law requiring healthier school lunches, has suffered the latest in series of embarrassing defections by prominent members and former leaders.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More than 200 national, state and local organizations and dozens of health professionals signed onto a letter declaring their support for an amendment proposed by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) to protect federal school nutrition standards. Farr’s proposal aims to fend off efforts to weaken those standards when Congress votes on the upcoming agriculture appropriations bill.  

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Corn is in the food we eat, the soda we drink, the gas we buy, plastics, cleaners – it’s everywhere.

Producing all that corn is a $1.7 trillion industry in the United States, and as a new report documents, it’s one that takes a tremendous toll on the environment and is under threat from water shortages and climate change. But federal policies continue to encourage corn growers and corn-based industries to stay on an unsustainable course.  

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