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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Subway’s decision to remove artificial ingredients from its menu by 2017 is an important step toward a cleaner and healthier food system and a big win for Americans who don’t want potentially harmful substances in their food, EWG said today.

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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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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Consumers are demanding more information about the sun protection products they are using and the chemicals they are putting on their bodies, as evidenced by the overwhelming response to EWG’s 2015 Guide to Sunscreens.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The legislative proposal issued today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee falls short of what’s necessary to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to ensure that everyday chemicals are safe, EWG said.
 

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News Release
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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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A new analysis of the canned food marketplace released today by EWG will help American shoppers determine which products still contain the toxic hormone disruptor bisphenol A, or BP

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News Release
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
Blog Post
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A revised proposal to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 still falls short of what’s necessary to ensure that chemicals are safe, EWG said today.
 

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News Release
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Stain-resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal” is how journalist Callie Lyons refers to a chemical called C8 that’s found in the bodies of nearly all humans and animals on the planet. Exposure to this highly fluorinated chemical has been linked to cancer, liver malfunction, hypothyroidism, obesity, ulcerative colitis and decreased immune response to vaccines in children.

 

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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
Monday, May 11, 2015

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

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AgMag
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Friday, May 8, 2015

The decision of a scientific advisory committee to add bisphenol A, or BPA, to California’s Proposition 65 list of toxic chemicals is a huge victory in the fight to protect people from this harmful hormone disruptor, Environmental Working Group said today.

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News Release
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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AgMag
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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
Blog Post
Monday, May 4, 2015

More bad news about the nonstick, greaseproof and waterproof chemicals in cookware, food wrappers, outdoor clothing and even cosmetics: In a Danish study, women whose blood had high levels of these perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, were up to 16 times more likely to suffer miscarriages.
 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, May 1, 2015

As a new EWG report shines a light on DuPont’s poisoned legacy in the mid-Ohio River Valley, it’s a good time to look back at Teflon’s canary effect.
 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, May 1, 2015

In 2005 the Environmental Protection Agency fined chemical giant DuPont a record $16.5 million over its decades-long cover-up of the health hazards of C8, also known as PFOA. One of a family of perfluorinated chemicals, or PFCs, PFOA was a key ingredient in making Teflon, the non-stick, waterproof, stain-resistant “miracle of modern chemistry” used in thousands of household products.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Friday, May 1, 2015

Ten years ago, DuPont was forced to phase out a key chemical in making Teflon, after revelations that for nearly 45 years the company covered up evidence of its health hazards, including cancer and birth defects. But a new EWG investigation finds that the chemicals pushed by DuPont and other companies to replace the Teflon chemical and similar perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs – already in wide use in food wrappers and outdoor clothing – may not be much – if at all – safer.

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News Release
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Much more than a long memory is needed these days to recall the golden age of GOP environmentalism. A feat of imagination is required. 
 

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EnviroBlog
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