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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, October 30, 2014

Food industry lobbyists are none too pleased with EWG’s new scoring system for foods

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EnviroBlog
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Natural flavor” is the fourth most common ingredient listed in EWG’s Food Scores, which rates more than 80,000 foods on their degree of nutrition, ingredient concerns and processing concerns. But what is “natural flavor” exactly? Are natural flavors really better than artificial flavors?

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EnviroBlog
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Natural flavor” is the fourth most common ingredient listed in EWG’s Food Scores, which rates more than 80,000 foods on their degree of nutrition, ingredient concerns and processing concerns. But what is “natural flavor” exactly? Are natural flavors really better than artificial flavors?

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AgMag
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Today, Environmental Working Group released Food Scores: Rate Your Plate, an easy-to-use food database and mobile app that will house ratings and a vast array of other information for more than 80,000 foods from about 1,500 brands in a simple, searchable, online format.

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News Release
Sunday, October 26, 2014

As EWG's Food Scores: Rate Your Plate reveals in detail, popular brands in many categories are not so much food as they are conveyances for excessive amounts of sugar, salt and preservatives.

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EnviroBlog
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

As EWG's Food Scores: Rate Your Plate reveals in detail, popular brands in many categories are not so much food as they are conveyances for excessive amounts of sugar, salt and preservatives.

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AgMag
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Friday, October 24, 2014

So far, less than 1 percent of Brazilian food sales are “organic” (though sales are growing). And, when experts looked more closely, they found that many Brazilian consumers are more likely to buy foods labeled as genetically engineered – especially if they claim to provide a nutritional benefit.  

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AgMag
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

More than 440,000 acres of food crops – including potatoes, peas, grapes and tomatoes – could soon be in the toxic spray zones of a weed-killing chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease and reproductive and immune system problems, now that the Obama administration has approved a new herbicide for widespread use, an EWG analysis shows.

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AgMag
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today is World Food Day, so many farm leaders will be recycling the canard that American farmers feed the world.   

Do they? 

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AgMag
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

EWG commends Whole Foods Market for launching a new program that will raise the bar for retailing responsibly grown produce and improve the health, safety and environmental impact of the fruits and vegetables the company sells.

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News Release
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The staggering amount of antibiotics used in raising industrial livestock continues to rise, according to a recent (Oct. 2) Food and Drug Administration report. And most (70 percent) of those drugs are considered “medically important” for humans.

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AgMag
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Cleaner water in the Chesapeake Bay could mean billions of dollars in economic growth for the region.

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AgMag
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Defenders of genetically engineered crops regularly claim that these varieties cut erosion by encouraging farmers to use tillage practices that enhance soil conservation.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, October 9, 2014

What does it take for a small Caribbean nation to implement strong, sustainable and popular ocean conservation practices?  A team of experts, an island community dedicated to preserving its way of life and one dynamic activist, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson.

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EnviroBlog
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

If we’re going to succeed in feeding the world, it will be because we educate and train farmers in countries with persistent hunger and develop innovative and strategic ways to lift people out of poverty so they can buy their own food.

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AgMag
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Monday, October 6, 2014

recently released study by the economic consulting firm ECONorthwest concludes that requiring genetically engineered food to be labeled would cost Americans a mere $2.30 per person per year.

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AgMag
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Advocates of genetically engineered crops claim they will help us “feed the world” by improving crop yields. But is there any actual evidence that GE crops have actually delivered better yields than conventional breeding techniques?

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AgMag
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The problem of drift could worsen if the Environmental Protection Agency approves Dow AgroSciences’s new weed killer, Enlist Duo, which contains 2,4-D and glyphosate.

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AgMag
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Companies and organizations opposed to labeling foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients disclosed $15.2 million in lobbying expenditures that made reference to GE labeling in the second quarter of 2014, according to analysis updating a July EWG report.  When combined with lobbying expenditures from the first quarter of 2014, these companies have disclosed $27.5 million in the first half of 2014 that made reference to GE labeling– nearly three times as much as they disclosed in all of 2013.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Working with nature is not simple. But you can make a good living at it when you get your business model and growing system in place.

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