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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chef Tom Colicchio, several members of Congress and other leading anti-hunger advocates will hold a press conference this afternoon blasting House Republicans for backing $40 billion in cuts to vital federal nutrition programs.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients will not increase food prices at the supermarket, according to an independent study released today by the national Just Label It campaign.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

An analysis released today by EWG found that residents of America’s 54 largest cities collected more than $24 million in Direct Payment farm subsidies in 2012.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

EWG’s Soren Rundquist blogs on the newly released report, Going, Going, Gone!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A new analysis released by Environmental Working Group shows that 1.9 million acres of wetlands and nearby habitat, and 5.3 million acres of highly erodible land were plowed up in the United States between 2008 and 2012 to grow row crops.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

EWG’s Jason Rano writes about Rep. Stephen Fincher’s (R-Tenn.) latest claim about his support for ending direct payments- and how Fincher might just want to keep his mouth closed at this point.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline is polluting America’s air and water, contributing to climate change, hurting consumers and hindering the development of cleaner biofuels, Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs, told a Congressional panel today.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) office released a report yesterday that takes a closer look at the 14 Members of Congress who receive federal farm subsidies.  The members in question all voted to increase the subsidy support they benefit from while failing to renew nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The New York Times continues the cover the ever-expensive farm bill- and calls out the conservative majority in the House for passing a bill that seemingly does nothing but dole out more money in farm subsidies.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The National Journal takes a look at why Republicans appear to be so happy about passing a farm-only farm bill that the country’s most conservative organizations and powerful farm lobby groups opposed.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

EWG’s Jason Rano examines the “fiscal conservative” members of the House who flip-flopped their votes on final passage of the farm bill- voting against it in June, and in favor the costly “farm only” portion of the bill last week.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

EWG’s Scott Faber wrote a piece for Politico in which he outlines why the House passed “farm-only” farm bill, is the worst farm bill.  Ever.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

An article by Bill Berry for The Cap Times examines the impact heavy rains have had on Midwest’s water quality and agriculture production this spring, using EWG’s research to make the case for conservation compliance.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The House should overwhelmingly reject the terrible “farm-only” farm bill being considered this morning. It’s bad enough that the bill fails to renew programs that help feed more than 47 million Americans, including millions of children, veterans and senior citizens. Here are ten more reasons to reject this bill. It:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

House Republicans voted today for a ‘farm only’ farm bill that expands crop insurance subsidies for the most successful farm businesses and fails to renew programs that help feed the nation’s hungriest children.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

EWG’s Scott Faber wrote a blog for The Hill that outlines what a better, and passable, farm bill looks like. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Politico writes on the still uphill battle the House faces in trying to pass a farm bill.  

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Monday, July 8, 2013

The Des Moines Register released an editorial over the weekend that sheds light on the seemingly exorbitant cost of water treatment in the state of Iowa due to contamination from agriculture runoff. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Food Safety News reports on the momentum building for labeling of genetically engineered foods. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Subsidy reform could provide the path to passage of the farm bill.

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