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Monday, November 3, 2014

EWG and 18,444 EWG supporters ask the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee to improve new draft advice on seafood consumption during pregnancy and childhood. 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
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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AgMag
Blog Post
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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News Release
Monday, September 29, 2014

A new proposal drafted by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) offers a path toward meaningful reform of our broken chemical safety laws. 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, September 25, 2014

The chemical “safety” bill that the industry’s allies introduced in Congress is far worse than the current outdated and inadequate law. Here are 10 reasons why legislation hailed as “real progress” by some presents real problems for consumers worried about dangerous chemicals in consumer products.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, September 18, 2014

EWG applauds Senator Boxer’s leadership in fighting for reform of our broken toxics laws and protecting public health.

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News Release
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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News Release
Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Environmental Working Group published a new shopping tool and seafood calculator today to help people buy seafood lower in mercury, higher in omega-3 fatty acids and sustainably produced.

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News Release
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today approved a bill that could bring new and effective sunscreen ingredients to the U.S. market and help reduce the rate of skin cancer.

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News Release
Monday, September 15, 2014

In a newly published review, former Environmental Protection Agency senior scientist Dr. Ramon J. Seidler explains that the agrichemical industry’s promise that genetically engineered crops would reduce pesticide use has been broken.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Monday, September 15, 2014

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Sunday (Sept. 14) that he was introducing legislation that would ban 10 toxic flame retardant chemicals from being used in children’s products and upholstered home furniture.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The problem of drift could worsen if the Environmental Protection Agency approves Dow AgroSciences’s new weed killer, Enlist Duo, which contains 2,4-D and glyphosate.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, September 5, 2014

It’s getting more likely that in the near future, when you go shopping for a couch or chair, it will no longer be saturated with pounds of toxic chemical fire retardants.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thanks to the hard work of many advocacy organizations, including EWG, that lack of transparency may change very soon. California will likely become the first state in the nation to pass legislation that would require furniture labels to declare whether or not the product contains toxic flame retardant chemicals.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Which fish are richest in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, lowest in mercury contamination and sustainably produced?

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tests published earlier this month by myself and other scientists at the Environmental Working Group and Duke University detected a biomarker indicating that all 26 children in our study had been exposed to a fire retardant called TDCIPP, linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. Their level of exposure was nearly five times the average level found in their mothers. In the most extreme case, a child had 23 times the level of the mother.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Thursday, August 14, 2014

EWG has determined that 487 elementary schools across America are within 200 feet of a corn or soybean field. This finding is alarming because young children are especially vulnerable to the toxic herbicide 2,4-D in Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo TM, a weed killer mixture that is awaiting governmental approval for widespread use on new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybeans.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Last month (July 28) a committee convened by the National Academy of Sciences confirmed a federal interagency group’s conclusion that styrene, a chemical building block used to produce a wide variety of everyday products, can cause cancer.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendation to deregulate new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds would bring a chemical manufacturer one step closer to selling a new toxic weed killer that would threaten human health and the environment.

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News Release
Monday, August 4, 2014

Scientists at the Environmental Working Group and Duke University have found evidence that the average level of a cancer-causing fire retardant chemical in the bodies of children tested was nearly five times the average in their mothers, according to a new study released today.

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