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Millions of people rely on EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce to reduce their exposure to toxic synthetic pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. The alternative is buy organic.

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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Friday, March 20, 2015

Glyphosate – the active herbicide in the widely used Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow Agrosciences Enlist Duo weedkillers – is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a working group of scientists at the World Health Organization announced today.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Environmental Working Group today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory GMO labeling after the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm designated the herbicide glyphosate, widely used on GMO crops, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”  

 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Apples, peaches, and nectarines topped EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM list of the dirtiest, or most pesticide-contaminated, fruits and vegetables, a new analysis of U.S. government data found.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

What makes a healthy diet? Adopting a low-fat diet didn’t make Americans healthier. But does that mean “paleo” is the way to go?

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Monday, February 9, 2015

A new study shows that implementing simple good stewardship practices for farmland – such as planting cover crops of grasses during the off-season and using fertilizer with greater care – could reduce the amount of agricultural pollution fouling the Gulf of Mexico by 30 percent.

 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Eleven groups and the city of Berkeley sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture today over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying over homes in rural areas.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Every year, EWG’s editors ask our colleagues on the EWG staff to tell us what they consider the Top 10 environmental stories of the year in each of the two topic areas covered by the two blogs on EWG’s website – Enviroblog and AgMag. All of us – from senior scientists to policy analysts to web designers to support staff and even management – get a chance to nominate as many stories as we want. From those two lists each staff member then votes for what she or he considers the three most important stories in each category.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Clean, cheap water from your tap might soon be a thing of the past.

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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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Now that government agencies have given the green light to Dow AgroSciences to sell 2,4-D-tolerant, genetically engineered corn and soybeans and OK’d dousing them in Enlist Duo weed killer, there’s yet another reason to stand up for consumers’ right to know and to fight for GE labeling.  

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Environmental Working Group is “deeply disappointed” that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to approve a toxic weed killer known as Enlist Duo, despite overwhelming opposition from the scientific and public health community, EWG said in a statement today.

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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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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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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to approve new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds "brings us one step closer to widespread use of a new toxic weed killer that would threaten children’s health and the environment," EWG said in a statement.

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