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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.  

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. 

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