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Monday, May 6, 2013
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to accept a settlement with the cell phone trade association tomorrow (Tuesday, May 7) to bring to an end a long legal battle over the city's groundbreaking right-to-know ordinance on cell phone radiation.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A new analysis commissioned by the Environmental Working Group debunks the myth that federally-subsidized crop insurance will save taxpayers money and protect farmers from crippling losses when natural disasters occur.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Environmental Working Group applauds Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) for introducing the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation that would require food manufacturers to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
The federal Food and Drug Administration has posted a statement on its website criticizing the Environmental Working Group’s report, Superbugs Invade American Supermarkets , published April 15. The agency contends that EWG oversimplified data from the federal government’s 2011 Retail Meat Report, a joint project of the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Apples top the Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen™ list of most pesticide-contaminated produce, followed by strawberries, grapes and celery. Other fresh fruits and vegetables on the new Dirty Dozen list, a part of EWG's 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ are peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers.
Monday, April 15, 2013
The latest round of tests by federal scientists, quietly published in February , has documented startlingly high percentages of supermarket meat containing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a new Environmental Working Group analysis .
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Bipartisan legislation introduced today to eliminate the federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline would pave the way for cleaner biofuels, said Environmental Working Group Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Legislation introduced today by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) would overhaul the way synthetic chemicals are regulated. Lautenberg’s proposal would for the first time place the burden of proof on chemical companies to ensure the substances they create in the lab are safe for human health and the environment before they are allowed on the market.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
WASHINGTON – Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today introduced in Congress the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, which seeks to make fresh, healthy food more accessible to consumers and to support the farmers who grow it. “Demand for local food is growing in...
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Anna Getty, a well-known author and advocate for sustainable food and children’s health, has joined the board of directors of Environmental Working Group, the nation’s leading environmental health and consumer advocacy organization.
Monday, March 25, 2013
More than 100 food and farm leaders, CEOs, actors, chefs, pediatricians, authors, environmentalists and public interest groups sent a heartfelt letter today to Kathleen Merrigan, who is resigning as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to thank her for her extraordinary service at the agency over the past four years.
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Monday, March 25, 2013
From kitchen, bathroom, glass and all-purpose cleaners to dishwashing detergent, laundry soap and bleach, Environmental Working Group has scoured the chemical ingredients of more than 2,000 different household cleaning products and come up with a list of some of the best – and some you should avoid.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Growing numbers of Americans have had to contend with the harmful environmental impacts of oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing as energy companies have pushed into shale and other unconventional formations. Due to glaring loopholes and generous exemptions from federal law that Congress has granted to operators, there are few protective tools available to those whose water and air are threatened by the current drilling boom that features more intensive hydraulic fracturing – the controversial practice also known as fracking.
Friday, March 15, 2013
The departure of Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “leaves a gaping hole in the Obama administration's leadership on food and agriculture policy,” Environmental Working Group’s president Ken Cook said today.
Friday, March 15, 2013
A new report released today by federal health officials shows that the decades-long case of drinking water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is one of the worst on record.
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Friday, March 15, 2013
This week, the Environmental Working Group celebrated 20 years of groundbreaking environmental health research and advocacy at its 4 th annual Earth Dinner at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Founded in 1993, EWG changed the perceptions of lawmakers, consumers, and even industry about toxic chemicals, food, farming, and energy production.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The draft budget released by the House Budget Committee takes a first step toward reforming wasteful farm programs by calling for $31 billion in savings from farm subsidies and crop insurance, Environmental Working Group said in a statement today. The budget document cited record farm income over the last few years in the face of crippling federal deficits as a reason to reexamine farm subsidies and the structure of the bloated crop insurance program.
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Friday, March 8, 2013
Environmental Working Group applauds food retailer Whole Foods Market for its decision to label any foods sold in its U.S. and Canadian stores that contain genetically engineered ingredients by 2018. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full transparency for GE foods (also known as GMOs).
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Environmental Working Group and Organic Voices will collaborate to highlight the benefits of organic food and advance the fight for labeling food that contains genetically engineered ingredients, the two organizations announced today.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) today introduced companion bills in Congress that would provide much-needed reform of the heavily subsidized federal crop insurance program. The Crop Insurance Subsidy Reduction Act of 2013 would restore the program’s fiscal integrity while ensuring that farmers are protected by an effective safety net when the weather turns against them.
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