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Veteran Food and Farm Advocate Joins EWG

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For Immediate Release: 
Monday, February 6, 2012

Washington, D.C. -- Scott Faber, a long-time food and farm policy advocate, has joined the Environmental Working Group as EWG's Vice President for Government Affairs.

During his 20-year career as an advocate for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Environmental Defense Fund and American Rivers, Faber has led efforts to reform food safety law, farm and water subsidies, and food-to-fuel policies. He has been in the forefront of initiatives to expand and reform vital conservation programs and has led campaigns to restore the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

As Vice President for Government Affairs, Faber will lead a team working to improve food and farm legislation, chemicals policy and a host of other issues important to EWG and its supporters.

“Over the last two decades Scott and I have spent plenty of long days and late nights together trying to reform our federal food and agriculture policies that have for far too long favored entrenched agribusiness interests over public health and the environment,” said EWG president Ken Cook. “As we enter into this fight to turn the farm bill into a food bill, there is no one I’d rather have helping to guide our strategy on Capitol Hill and with the Obama administration than Scott.”

Prior to joining EWG, Faber was vice president for federal affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, where he spearheaded efforts to enact the Food Safety Modernization Act, which sets new food safety standards for food manufacturers and farmers. From 2000 to 2007, Faber was a food and farm policy campaign manager for the Environmental Defense Fund, leading efforts to reform farm policies in the 2002 and 2008 farm bills. From 1993 to 2000, Faber was a senior director for public policy for American Rivers.

"No organization is doing more to change the way we make food and that way we make food policy than the Environmental Working Group," Faber said.

Faber holds a J.D. From Georgetown University Law Center and lives in Washington, D.C. He is a native of Massachusetts.