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Food should be good for you. But some foods aren’t. Pesticides are sprayed on millions of acres every year and some of them end up on your food. Our broken farm subsidy system encourages over production of the wrong food. EWG is pushing for better policy and more sustainable ways of farming that produce healthy food in a healthy environment. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

 The long-overdue changes to the Nutrition Facts label announced today by First Lady Michelle Obama would improve Americans’ diets and promote healthier eating, Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The controversial “yoga mat” chemical that Vani Hari, creator of FoodBabe.com, campaigned to remove from Subway sandwich bread has turned up in nearly 500 items and more than 130 brands of bread, stuffing, pre-made sandwiches and snacks, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

If you’ve planked on a yoga mat, slipped on flip-flops, extracted a cell phone from protective padding or lined an attic with foam insulation, chances are you’ve had a brush with an industrial chemical called azodicarbonamide, nicknamed ADA. In the plastics industry, ADA is the “chemical foaming agent” of choice. It is mixed into polymer plastic gel to generate tiny gas bubbles, something like champagne for plastics. The results are materials that are strong, light, spongy and malleable. 

 
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Consumers have the right to know if their food has been genetically modified. However, the U.S. government does not require labeling of GE foods or ingredients so that shoppers can make informed decisions. 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A new shopping guide released by the Environmental Working Group today will help consumers find supermarket foods made without ingredients likely to be genetically engineered.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Recently, some online musings have been bouncing around Twitter and Facebook claiming that there isn’t much, if any, difference between organic and conventional foods.

One article by Melinda Wenner Moyer titled “Organic Shmorganic,” published Jan. 28 on Slate.com, made several interesting points – including a couple that Environmental Working Group agrees with and a number we don’t.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Citing a lack of transparency and public involvement in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, EWG and 11 other organizations sent a letter to Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, this week asking for the publ

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, January 30, 2014

 The departure of environmental and public health champion Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., “will be an enormous loss to anyone who cares about safe drinking water, clean air, food safety and children’s health,” EWG president Ken Cook said today.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

EWG’s editors asked the entire staff to pick the top agriculture-related stories of 2013, a category that includes the farm bill, farm subsidies, crop insurance, conservation, genetically engineered crops and food and several other related topics.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

People who follow the Obama administration’s guidelines on eating seafood could consume dangerous amounts of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, or too few essential omega-3 fatty acids, according to a new EWG analysis of fish contaminant and nutrient data.

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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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