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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hawaiians have seen firsthand that people near agrichemical companies’ test plots of genetically engineered (GMO) crops are at increased risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals that drift off the fields. And they’re fighting back.

 

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

An article published today in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine by two of the nation’s most respected experts on pesticides and children’s environmental health calls for the Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) food.

 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency recently pledged to spend the next five years studying the effects of glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. and the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, on 1,500 endangered species.

 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

An EWG survey of athletic fields and parks in a six-state sample of small-town America shows that more than 90 percent of these recreational areas are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers could well be sprayed, meaning that anyone playing there is likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent were within 200 feet.
 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

One of the world’s leading experts on cancer risk, Dr. Christopher Portier, told an international conference in London this week that he is certain that glyphosate, the weed killer most commonly used with genetically engineered crops or “GMOs,” can damage human DNA in ways that could lead to cancer.

 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The anti-labeling DARK Act sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.)  is now also an anti-environment, anti-farmworker and anti-public health bill. The latest version could rip more than 100 laws from the books of 43 states as they pertain to genetically engineered crops, or “GMOs.”

 

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Conventional thinking about cancer prevention may overlook growing evidence that the combined effects of chemicals that are not carcinogenic on their own may be a significant cause of cancer, according to a new EWG analysis of a series of papers published last week in the scientific journal Carcinogenesis.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Genetically engineered crops, commonly called “GMOs,” have led to an explosion in the use of toxic weed killers linked to cancer and other health problems – and people in America’s heartland are most at risk of exposure.


 

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Americans want to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown.
 

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Monday, July 13, 2015

This week the House Agriculture Committee is expected to mark up and vote on a bill that would take away the right of states to label food with genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs. According to EWG, the latest draft of the measure shows it to be a bad bill that keeps getting worse.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

The decision by an organization of the world’s leading cancer experts to classify the herbicide 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen underscores the risk posed by the U.S. government’s recent approval of 2,4-D for use on genetically engineered, or GMO, crops, EWG said in a statement.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

News that the world’s cancer experts are taking a fresh look at 2,4-D has farm organizations worried.

 

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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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Monday, May 11, 2015

A new analysis in Choices Magazine shows that voluntary agricultural pollution programs still aren’t working.
 

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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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Monday, April 6, 2015

American growers sprayed 280 million pounds of glyphosate on their crops in 2012, according to U.S. Geological Survey data. That amounts to nearly a pound of glyphosate for every person in the country.  

The use of glyphosate on farmland has skyrocketed since the mid-1990s, when biotech companies introduced genetically engineered crop varieties (often called GMOs) that can withstand being blasted with glyphosate. Since then, agricultural use of the herbicide has increased 16-fold.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

In response to the World Health Organization’s decision to classify the weed-killer glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” Monsanto’s top executive pulled out the rhetorical machine guns, launching an all-out attack against the prestigious international health agency and its scientists.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ignoring the World Health Organization’s conclusion that the crop chemical glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the glyphosate-containing herbicide Enlist Duo for agricultural use in nine more states. It had previously been approved for use on genetically engineered crops in six states.

 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The news from the world’s leading cancer experts that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans” provides the smoking gun that should make it simple for the Obama administration to require GMO labeling.
 

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