EWG President Ken Cook Testifies Before Congressional Committee
WASHINGTON, April 19 — Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook testified today before the US House of Representatives Agricultural Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research. Using previously unpublished data compiled in response to the congressional mandate in Section 1614 of the 2002 farm bill, Mr. Cook illustrated the need for a dramatic increase in federal agricultural conservation programs.
"The potential for the 2007 Farm Bill to significantly address conservation issues cannot be understated," said Mr. Cook. "We need to nearly double the amount of funds directed towards conservation. In addition, it is critical that we see greater environmental benefits from the programs and ensure that subsidy recipients comply with conservation requirements."
EWG is a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC that uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. The Group's farm subsidy database is searchable online at http://www.ewg.org/farm/.