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Monday, April 28, 2014

Bananas are Americans' favorite fruit. The average American eats 10 pounds of the sweet yellow fruit yearly, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA 2012a). In 2012, the U.S. imported 9,589 million pounds of bananas, more than 95 percent of them grown in five tropical Latin American nations (USDA 2013).

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The corn shoppers find on supermarket aisles and at farm stands is called “sweet corn” because it contains more sugar than its ancestor, field corn.  People eat sweet corn fresh on or off the cob, frozen or canned.  

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Friday, April 25, 2014

When it comes to food and health, the agriculture system, and consumer choices, the conversation often starts around the dinner table. Laurie David, activist and producer, has written The Family Cooks, with Kirstin Uhrenholdt, her longtime collaborator, to get us talking about dishes that are simple, fast, “low in the bad stuff and high in the good stuff” – and that bring kids into the cooking process.  They demystify cooking terms and break down basic prep techniques to help us make stress-free meals that foster health, togetherness and happy palates.

 

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

A chemical widely used on non-organic American apples was banned in the European Union in 2012 because its makers could not show it did not pose a risk to human health, according to a new analysis by Environmental Working Group.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Those pyramids of apples in the produce section of supermarkets year-round may look fresh, but sometimes they’re not. Apples are harvested once a year, in the autumn.  Growers apply a mixture of chemicals and a waxy coating to apples to protect the fruit during cold storage, which can last as long as a year.  

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Coming soon to a farm field near you: massive applications of a zombie herbicide linked to everything from Parkinson’s disease to reproductive problems. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Just days after Congressional leaders installed a statue of agricultural scientist Norman Borlaug in the U.S. Capitol, the head of the International Panel on Climate Change made the startling assertion that Borlaug’s ideas for feeding millions of people were losing relevance.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today’s announcement by Walmart, the world’s biggest grocer, that it plans to sell a line of organic foods at competitive prices could eventually lower the cost of all organic food by expanding the footprint of organic agriculture, said Environmental Working Group Executive Director Heather White.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

 Legislation introduced today by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) - christened the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know” or DARK act by critics - would block any federal or state action to require labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients.

 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) has introduced the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act to keep consumers, well, in the dark about whether or not their food contains GE ingredients. The bill would also allow foods labeled as “natural” to contain GE foods, and prevent the federal Food and Drug Administration from requiring mandatory labeling.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Environmental Working Group (EWG) plans to launch a new food database and mobile app that aims to change the way Americans eat and shop for foods.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

A new report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights the risks biofuels present to food security and the environment and questions the ability of U.S. biofuels policies to slow climate change, Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

In the ensuing furor other producers of commercial baked goods said they too were abandoning ADA.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Toxic substances in drinking water, food, food packaging and personal care products, as well as exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, have all been linked to serious health problems that affect many American men. Now a new guide from Environmental Working Group offers simple steps that men can take to reduce the risks.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Most men know by now that good lifestyle choices – such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and drinking in moderation – make a big difference in staying healthy. Men may too often ignore these sensible recommendations, but it’s not because they’re not aware of them.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
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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