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Thursday, February 26, 2015

The harm that the nationwide corn ethanol mandate wages on our land and wallets is reason enough for Senators Diane Feinstein (CA) and Pat Toomey (PA) to seek repeal of the unpopular law.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Today, EWG released their annual Dirty Dozen Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which ranks conventional produce items on the amount of pesticides they still contain when consumed.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Today, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio joined lawmakers to reintroduce bi-partisan legislation, the Genetically Engineered Right-to-Know Act, which would lead to greater transparency in the market place.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Water polluted by agricultural chemicals is a major issue across the country.  Yet a simple solution in Iowa could provide a blueprint by reducing water pollution at little cost.

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Obama Administration’s FY2016 budget suggested two key reforms for the nation’s broken crop insurance program.

Monday, January 26, 2015

As farming chemicals continue to pollute Iowa rivers, support is growing for a lawsuit to slow the pollution.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

In an attempt to avoid the government approval process, the chemical industry is now “editing” the genes of certain seeds. This loophole could lead to dire consequences for our land, water, and consumers.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

As pressure grows to reduce agricultural pollution in our water, common sense reforms can reduce farming pollution and improve the water supplies.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tired of heavily polluted water due to overuse of nitrogen fertilizers, water utility company Des Moines Water Works filed suit against three Iowa counties for their negligence in the matter. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

With an upcoming update to national Dietary Guidelines, the agencies put in charge of the project have fumbled an opportunity to show consumers the environmental impact of growing food.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Many in the GE seed industry contend that their products can feed the world, but many of their claims are unfounded and false.

Monday, December 22, 2014

In an analysis presented last week, two of the nation’s leading agriculture economists called for crop insurance reform, arguing the program is greatly over-subsidized.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

H.R. 4432, nicknamed the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, would undermine your basic right to know what’s in your food.

Monday, December 15, 2014

In what has become a yearly tradition, Congress approved significant cuts to vital land and water protection programs.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yesterday, the GE labeling debate reached a peak at a House hearing, where proponents of GE labeling cited the fact that disclosure would inform consumers, not dictate their decisions.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Today, EWG’s Scott Faber testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in opposition to H.R. 4432, an anti-GE labeling bill.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Ever wonder how much and what nutrients people around the globe consume daily? National Geographic and their new Future of Food series have tracked the evolution of consumption in 22 nations over the past fifty years!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Corn ethanol production has boomed in the recent years, yet many of its manufacturers still claim reliance on government mandates that force it into consumers’ gas tanks.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

On Tuesday, more than 700 chefs demanded that their voices be heard at the nation’s capitol. Their requests were simple; Congress should support legislation that mandates GE labeling laws and allow transparency in the market place.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Chefs from around the nation are asking Congress for better food policy, including GMO labeling.