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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. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

You may know that bisphenol A, a synthetic estrogen found in the epoxy coatings of food cans, has been linked to many health problems. Many companies have publicly pledged to stop using BPA in their cans. But consumers like you have had no way to know which canned foods use BPA-based epoxy. Until now.

EWG analyzed 252 canned food brands, mostly between January and August 2014, to find out which of them packed their food into cans coated with BPA-laden epoxy. Here’s what we discovered.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

This weekend is all about fun in the sun. Whether you’re heading to the beach, a lake or a backyard picnic, be sure to cover up to protect your skin against sunburn and pesky bug bites.
 

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Friday, May 22, 2015

A new analysis by Environmental Working Group has found that harmful artificial trans fatty acids lurk in more than 27 percent of more than 84,000 processed foods common in American supermarkets.  Another 10 percent contain ingredients likely to contain trans fat.

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News Release
Friday, May 22, 2015

A new EWG analysis estimates that at least 27 percent of more than 84,000 foods in EWG’s interactive Food Scores database, contain artificial trans fat, a manmade, artery-clogging, industrially-produced fat that bears part of the blame for the American heart disease epidemic.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

EWG applauds Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn., for her commitment to protect public health from the worrisome amounts of inorganic arsenic in rice and popular rice-based processed foods.
 

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News Release
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Although scientists and government regulators have known about the ever-present threat of arsenic in drinking water, emerging evidence is showing that arsenic, a known human carcinogen, also contaminates many otherwise healthy foods that contain rice.
 

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EnviroBlog
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Does the president of Colombia care more about the health of coca cultivators than President Obama cares about the health of U.S. farmworkers?
 

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AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers’ use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers.
 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chipotle gets it.

The popular quick-service restaurant understands that genetically engineered foods, called GMOs, are often grown in a way that is harmful to the environment.

 

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AgMag
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Panera Bread's announcement today to remove EWG's 'dirty dozen' food additives and other ingredients from its food by 2016 is the latest sign that more and more companies are stepping up in support of healthier food made with 'cleaner' ingredients.

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News Release
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More than 90 percent of Americans want GMOs to be labeled because they want the right to know what’s in their food. One important reason to be informed is that growing GMOs has led to a massive increase in the use of weed killers that can harm people’s health.
 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

The front group of all front groups, the American Council on Science and Health, has not disclosed its donor list since the early 1990’s.
 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Food and biotechnology companies spent $63.6 million in 2014 alone to oppose mandatory labeling of genetically modified food ingredients, or GMOs, according to a new analysis by EWG.

 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kraft’s mac and cheese boxed dinner marks an essential part of childhood for many Americans. For some of us, it just about defines “comfort food.”

 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Food and biotechnology companies opposed to mandatory labeling of foods that contain genetically modified food ingredients have disclosed expenditures of $63.6 million in 2014 to lobby for legislation that made reference to GMO labeling.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Dietary guidelines need to inform consumers of the dangers of mercury in certain seafood and provide clear labeling of added sugars in food. These are key elements for establishing effective guidelines that promote healthy, sustainable diets.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Friday, April 17, 2015

Are intentionally engineered nanoparticles being added to our food? We don’t know for sure – and federal food regulators aren’t helping us find out the truth.
 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, April 10, 2015

Reuters reported today that recent tests by private labs have found residues of the weed killer glyphosate in samples of honey, soy sauce, infant formula and even breast milk.

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Blog Post
Friday, April 10, 2015

The widely-used herbicide glyphosate, now classified as a probably carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organization, has been found in a number of items, including honey, breast milk and infant formula, according to media reports.

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News Release
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A new EWG analysis has found propyl paraben, a preservative linked to hormone disruption and not allowed in food sold in the European Union, in nearly 50 U.S. snack foods, including Sara Lee cinnamon rolls, Weight Watchers cakes, Cafe Valley muffins, and La Banderita corn tortillas.

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