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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Carbon generation and obesity contribute greatly to the true cost of your average burger. If you quantify these two factors the true cost of your burger is much greater than the actual price you pay, according to the New York Times’ Mark Bittman.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Organic food has fewer pesticides and more antioxidants according to a study released yesterday by Newcastle University in England.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Experts during the House subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture hearing on Wednesday fear that Americans are “too stupid” to have GMOs labeled, according to a story from Huffington Post.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield joined members of Congress and pro-GE labeling advocacy groups on Capitol Hill today to protest a House bill that would deny Americans the right to know about genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in their food.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

According to a recent analysis by EWG, school children represented by some of the members of the House Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, could soon be at risk of being exposed to toxic weed killer.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The 32 countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ are all required to play by the same rules on the soccer field, but off the field they subscribe to different sets of rules when it comes to labeling genetically engineered foods.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There are 5,609 American schools within 200 feet of farm fields that may soon be blanketed with massive amounts of a toxic defoliant linked to Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and reproductive and immune system problems.


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More than half a million people chose to sign on to petitions and submit comments objecting to proposals to triple the use to toxic weed killer 2, 4-D used on corn and soybeans.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Thirty-five prominent doctors, scientists and researchers have signed a letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deny approval of a new double herbicide mix of toxic 2,4-D and glyphosate, which would be marketed as “Enlist DuoTM” weed killer, EWG said in a press release today.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

When the USDA’s spending bill comes up again next month, both the House and Senate will get the chance to rein in unlimited, secret crop insurance subsidies. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) both hope to offer amendments requiring USDA to disclose names of farmers collecting crop insurance and to trim the premium subsidies paid to largest and most successful farming operations.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A federal advisory encouraging pregnant women, nursing mothers and children to eat more seafood fails to protect them from methyl mercury exposure and guide them to better fish choices, according to a new analysis from EWG.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Can you get too much of a good thing? When it comes to vitamin A, zinc and niacin, yes you can. In a study released today by EWG, it was found that flawed government policies and the food industry are to blame for children receiving excessive amounts of nutrients. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Market Watch compiles a list of the top ten secrets snack food companies keep from consumers. From marketing to children to suspect ingredients, they lay out what the junk food industry doesn’t want you to know. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

School lunch ladies and frozen food companies have more in common than the food they serve. Both are represented by the same lobbyists.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The School Nutrition Association experienced another embarrassing moment this week when Stan Garnett, a former director of child nutrition at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, resigned from the organization over its support to weaken a federal law requiring healthier school lunches. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A new coalition led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association aims to create a “federal legislative solution that will protect consumers by eliminating confusion” when it comes to the labeling of genetically engineered food.  Only their “solution” is anything but.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The farm bill passed by Congress takes food and farm policy in the wrong direction.  The bill creates new, expanded and largely unlimited crop insurance subsidies that will flow predominantly to the largest and most successful farms- at the expense of family farms, the environment and America’s hungriest citizens.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Senate voted 72-22 in favor of moving forward with consideration of farm bill on Monday evening.  The final vote is set to take place on Tuesday.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

In an interview with The Real News, EWG’s Jason Rano talks about what the newly House-passed farm bill would do if signed by President Obama.  Putting an end to direct payments, cutting SNAP, and expanding the crop insurance program are among the programs highlighted.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The House of Representatives has finally passed a farm bill.  Passing through the House floor with a vote of 251-166, Wednesday morning marked the end of an over two-year battle.  While groups representing almost every interest have been calling on Congress to pass a five-year bill, the final bill leaves some wondering if it was really worth the wait.