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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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. 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Could the Farm Bill be an opportunity to promote better bug killers?

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Monday, April 22, 2013

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.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

For EWG and its legion of supporters, last week was all about food on Capitol Hill.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

EWG argues for reform of farm programs to reduce the misuse of antibiotics in livestock production after analysis of recent government tests reveal more and more supermarket meat harbors antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Shot through a legal loophole with the speed of a Major League fastball, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved roughly 11,000 pesticides intended for use in agriculture, inside homes, on lawns, in hand soaps, on clothing and other consumer goods with little or no safety tests, according to a multi-year investigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

More than 100 food and farm leaders, CEOs, actors, chefs, pediatricians, authors, environmentalists and public interest groups sent a heartfelt letter today to Kathleen Merrigan, who is resigning as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to thank her for her extraordinary service at the agency over the past four years.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

 

EWG's 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce will be coming out soon. Stay tuned.

 

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Friday, March 15, 2013

This week, the Environmental Working Group celebrated 20 years of groundbreaking environmental health research and advocacy at its 4th annual Earth Dinner at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Founded in 1993, EWG changed the perceptions of lawmakers, consumers, and even industry about toxic chemicals, food, farming, and energy production. 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

You remember the final scene: Butch and Sundance, hopelessly cornered and surrounded by the Bolivian army, are stubbornly confident that they’ll escape to make their way to sanctuary in Australia. It came to mind when I heard about the lawsuit filed by the chemical industry in a last-ditch effort to keep the notorious plastics and packaging chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, off California’s official list of chemicals considered hazardous to human health.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Environmental Working Group applauds food retailer Whole Foods Market for its decision to label any foods sold in its U.S. and Canadian stores that contain genetically engineered ingredients by 2018. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full transparency for GE foods (also known as GMOs).

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Environmental Working Group and Organic Voices will collaborate to highlight the benefits of organic food and advance the fight for labeling food that contains genetically engineered ingredients, the two organizations announced today.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered how hunger and obesity manage to exist side by side, go see A Place at the Table, a powerful new documentary that unwinds the knotty problem of hunger in America. It opens nationwide today (March 1).

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

On February 14, 2013, EWG President Ken Cook testified before the Washington State Senate's Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee in support of the state's common-sense ballot initative to label foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. 

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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. 

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Friday, December 21, 2012

The top environmental health stories of 2012 were all about everyday hazards that are right in our backyards. They have to do with the unintended consequences of chemical pollution that could harm the health of our families, our neighbors, our towns - our nation.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

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.  

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It’s a new day for those who have felt poorly served by California’s chief food and agriculture agency.

 

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