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Monday, January 4, 2016
Under pressure from EWG and other environmental and health groups, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is banning three grease-resistant chemical substances linked to cancer and birth defects from use in pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, sandwich wrappers and other food packaging. The FDA’s belated action comes more than a decade after EWG and other advocates sounded alarms and five years after U.S. chemical companies stopped making the chemicals. It does nothing to prevent food processors and packagers from using almost 100 related chemicals that may also be hazardous.
Friday, December 18, 2015
If Frank Lautenberg, Jim Jeffords, Barbara Boxer and Henry Waxman had summoned support for this version of toxic chemical reform 10 years ago, only the chemical industry would have rallied to their call. No wonder the parties most excited about the toxic chemicals “reform” bill the Senate passed yesterday are the very companies it purports to regulate and their closest allies in Congress, most notably Sen. David Vitter (R-La). In a sense, the chemical industry should be celebrating – this legislation originated with its lobbyists.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
EWG applauded the rejection today by congressional leaders of efforts by the food industry to block GMO labeling through a rider in the omnibus spending bill.
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Thursday, December 3, 2015
The proposed $3 billion cut in crop insurance subsidies in the recent federal budget deal would not “kill the crop insurance program,” contrary to claims by the crop insurance industry and its allies in Congress. It would merely cut the fat from the industry’s cost of doing business, according to a new analysis commissioned by EWG.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Environmental Working Group has selected Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a longtime champion of the environment and public health and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, to be the first recipient of the EWG Courage Award.
Monday, November 30, 2015
The Obama Administration’s unprecedented decision today, lowering the amount of corn ethanol that refiners must add to gasoline, misses an opportunity to go even further and pave the way for second-generation biofuels, EWG said today.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has retreated from its earlier decision to let Dow AgroSciences market a new weed killer, branded Enlist Duo, which the company designed to kill hardy weeds on fields of genetically engineered corn and soybeans.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to approve genetically modified salmon will still leave consumers in the dark about what’s in their food, underscoring the need for a mandatory, national GMO labeling requirement, EWG said today.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Researchers found a fire-retardant chemical that could disrupt the hormone system in the urine of babies who were apparently exposed with baby products such as bassinets, car seats and nursery gliders, an alarming new study by Duke University reports. The chemical also can cause cancer.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
EWG Executive Director Heather White has been named one of Green Building & Design Magazine’s Top 20 Women in Sustainability Leadership.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The decision by Congress to cut the government-guaranteed profits of crop insurance giants will not “cripple” the industry, as some crop insurance companies claim. Contrary to industry complaints, the companies that benefit from the heavily subsidized federal crop insurance program make huge profits, pay their top executives millions of dollars annually and can easily afford to pull in their belts, according to a new analysis and interactive map by EWG.
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Monday, November 16, 2015
The corn ethanol industry’s attacks on Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) over his efforts to reform federal biofuels policies are “completely outrageous and smack of desperation,” says Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president of government affairs, in a statement released today.
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Thursday, November 5, 2015
Legislation introduced in Congress today would ease the burden placed on taxpayers and the environment by the bloated federal crop insurance program, according to the Environmental Working Group.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
EWG’s new analysis found that the federal crop insurance program is much more costly to taxpayers and more harmful to the environment than the disaster payment program it has largely replaced. EWG analyzed crop insurance and ad hoc disaster payment data and reviewed scientific and economic studies of the two approaches to farm assistance, and found:
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Compared to dirty corn ethanol, biofuels from next-generation feedstocks could greatly reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, according to a new report by EWG and University of California experts.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Here is a joint statement from John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, and Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs of EWG, on a critical crop insurance reform included in the budget deal the House will consider today.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The EWG VERIFIED: For Your Health™ mark will help shoppers quickly and easily identify personal care products, including cosmetics, that meet EWG’s strictest standards while shopping in stores and online.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Researchers at Duke University and Environmental Working Group have found evidence of a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical widely used in popular nail polishes in the bodies of more than two-dozen women who participated in a biomonitoring study. The study, published today in Environmental International , found that all women had a metabolite of triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, in their bodies just 10 to 14 hours after painting their nails. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412015300714
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
A new analysis by Environmental Working Group has found potassium bromate, a possible cancer-causing food additive, in more than 86 breads and other baked goods, including such well-known products as Hormel Foods breakfast sandwiches, Weis Kaiser rolls and French toast and Goya turnover pastry dough.
Monday, October 5, 2015
A farm worker and a horticultural assistant who both developed cancer after being exposed to Monsanto’s glyphosate weed killer have filed separate lawsuits against the company.
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