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Thursday, October 2, 2014

In light of the Toledo water crisis this summer, the Great Lakes Commission said earlier this week that it’s re-evaluating whether voluntary conservation practices are an effective way to keep our water clean.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved 2,4-D tolerant corn and soybeans.  If the EPA follows suit, we’ll be one step closer to widespread use of the toxic weed killer.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Today, the Dr. Oz Show covered the harmful effects of the pesticide 2, 4-D as the U.S. EPA stands poised to approve its widespread use.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Corn prices are at their lowest in years, and this could soon make your wallet lighter.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Widespread use of a new toxic weed killer could be in store after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybeans.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Genetically engineered crops were sold as a way to feed a growing world by improving crop yields.  So far, they’re falling short.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Genetically engineered crops aren’t reducing pesticide use as the agrochemical industry promised.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Opponents of crop insurance reform claim that reasonable changes would devastate participation and damage program integrity.  The Government Accountability office begs to differ.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The growth in production of corn-based ethanol spurred by the Renewable Fuel Standard is polluting the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River basin.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thanks to agricultural chemical trespassing known as “drift”, family farms around the country are losing money – and it could get worse.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Opponents of labeling foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients are ramping up efforts to keep you in the dark.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Toledo drinking crises may be over for the time being but a growing chorus of voices has said that the problem still hasn’t been solved.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus are making their way from farms to our water sources, causing toxic algae blooms. If we aren’t careful, Toledo will be the first of many cities with a drinking water crisis. Algae blooms are quickly becoming an increasing global threat.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The USDA advanced a proposal today to deregulate corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to tolerate herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate. These herbicides are currently awaiting approval by the EPA. In a statement today, EWG expressed that marketing these products poses a public health risk. Exposure to 2,4-D and glyphosate has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease and thyroid problems.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Agricultural runoff is a major factor behind algae blooms, like the one causing the recent water crisis in Toledo, Ohio. This runoff has reversed much of the progress made in limiting phosphorus pollution. EWG’s Craig Cox addresses the need for regulation of agricultural runoff and the dangers of algae blooms.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Toledo’s mayor lifted the ban on drinking water that affected thousands in Toledo, Ohio and parts of Michigan today. The water was contaminated by a toxin that was produced by an algae bloom in Lake Erie. Time spoke with EWG’s Craig Cox as well as two experts from the EPA about what happened and how we can prevent such incidents in the future.


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Friday, August 1, 2014

At a House subcommittee hearing last month, Rep. Rodney Davis and several colleagues agreed that people who want the government to require labeling of genetically engineered foods don’t know what they are talking about.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Companies and organizations opposed to labeling foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients disclosed $9 million in lobbying expenditures that made reference to GE labeling in the first quarter of 2014 – nearly as much as they spent in all of 2013.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Human health and environmental health are at the top of the list of concerns advocacy groups, doctors and scientists have with the pending approval of Enlist Duo, an herbicide mixture of 2,4-D and glyphosate.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

At a Congressional briefing tomorrow, prominent doctors, scientists, and business leaders will join Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), in urging lawmakers to pressure the Obama administration to reject a proposal to sell a new toxic herbicide, known as “Enlist Duo” – a combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate.