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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Congressional champions for GE labeling, led by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., held a press conference in support of a letter sent to President Obama. Congressional leaders were joined by Center for Food Safety, Environmental Working Group (EWG), Just Label It, and other supporters of GE labeling.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

The decision by General Mills reflects the growing pressure on food companies to provide more, not less, information about what’s in their products.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A new legislative proposal drafted by the food industry that would make it impossible for any state to require labeling of genetically engineered food reveals how far some big companies will go to hide basic information from their own customers, EWG President Ken Cook said today.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Supermarket shelves are loaded with products that display the label “natural.”  The food industry likes to use the word to persuade consumers that what they’re buying is somehow better for them, their families and the environment. But the fact is, many of the foods labeled “natural” contain ingredients that were genetically engineered.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Supermarket shelves are loaded with products that display the label “natural.”  The food industry likes to use the word to persuade consumers that what they’re buying is somehow better for them, their families and the environment. But the fact is, many of the foods labeled “natural” contain ingredients that were genetically engineered.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Statement of EWG’s Scott Faber, senior vice-president of government affairs, on the food industry’s petition to the Food and Drug Administration to permit foods labeled as “natural” to contain genetically engineered ingredients:

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

 The decision by Europe’s top food safety agency to call for new restrictions on two pesticides common on conventionally-grown U.S. produce because they “may affect the developing human nervous system” in young children underscores the danger of reliance on pesticides, Environmental Working Group said today.  “American parents should be outraged. For years, children in the U.S. have been eating foods contaminated with these two pesticides even though there was little or no research to prove that they wouldn’t harm children’s health,” said Ken Cook, EWG’s co-founder and President. 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The federal Food and Drug Administration’s call for the livestock industry to voluntarily stop dosing healthy animals with antibiotics is “is long overdue and inadequate”, Heather White, executive director of the Environmental Working Group, said today.  

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

When you gather around the table this Thanksgiving with family and friends, don’t forget to give thanks to the organic farmers who grow our food in ways that protect the environment.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

If you fast-forward your TV during the celebrity segments on Real Time with Bill Maher, you probably missed an important conversation during the November 15th episode driven by actor Casey Affleck.  Affleck plays a veteran in his new movie “Out of the Furnace,” and he has started discussing issues that affect returning veterans, including mental health, homelessness and hunger. During the Bill Maher segment he discussed the farm bill and the House proposal to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

 

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I am a millennial – one of the roughly 50 million Americans born after 1980 and coming of age in the 21st Century.  Generational theorists have called me lazy, narcissistic and entitled.  But they’ve also called me tech-savvy, politically active and entrepreneurial. A survey by the Nonprofit Technology Network reports that millennials are especially keen on non-profit engagement and hungry to get involved.

Which brings us to EWG:  40 percent of EWG staff belongs to the millennial generation, a diverse group of lobbyists, researchers and analysts that have been giving you the straight facts for 20 years. Why should millennials get involved with EWG?  Let me tell you the reasons I, as politically active young woman, want to stay connected with EWG.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Keeping politicians on message can sometimes be difficult. That also holds true of corporate chiefs and movie stars. Even the most seasoned, media-savvy folks veer off their talking points on occasion. But that’s not the case with the pesticide industry and its clientele.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

A petition carrying more than 125,000 signatures was sent to major food and chemical companies demanding they stay out of the corporate campaigns opposing voter initiatives to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods in Washington state and around the country, Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign said today.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

The Grocery Manufacturers Association did the right thing in deciding to disclose which of its member companies are financing the campaign against the genetically engineered (GE) labeling ballot initiative (I-522) in Washington state, Environmental Working Group said today.
 

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook today called on the Grocery Manufacturers Association to fully disclose which member companies contributed money to the secretive and potentially illegal contribution scheme under Washington State’s campaign finance laws.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mark Lynas, maybe the most famous apologist for GMO foods ever, this week urged a gathering of food and biotech industry employees to stop battling the growing movement to label foods made with genetically engineered ingredients. 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration’s food inspectors have also been deemed non-essential – meaning that America’s food manufacturing plants will not be inspected until Congress decides to pass legislation to reopen the government. 

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Companies that donated funds to oppose ballot initiatives to require the labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are facing new pressure from shareholders to stay out of future elections.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

What’s worth denying even a single child with cancer available and potentially life-saving treatment? Nothing – in my book.  By shuttering the federal government, the Tea Party wing of the House of Representatives has done exactly this

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Environmental Working Group (EWG) today called out the big food lobbying group, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), for dropping an additional $5 million into a campaign to defeat a popular Washington state referendum initiative to label genetically engineered food. Recent polling shows the measure is supported by the majority of people in the state, who want the same right to know that exists in over 60 countries around the world.

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