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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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Agriculture runoff is a major source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has proposed a new rule to restore health and increase economic activity in the bay region.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Farmers and agriculture leaders nationwide are raising the alarm about herbicide-resistant weeds that threaten yields across the nation.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New questions are being raised about Enlist Duo, a herbicide mixture of glyphosate and 2,4-D.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Opponents of GE labeling claim that labeling will lead severe price increases for consumers.  But based on research done in the U.S. and the 64 countries that already require labeling, we know that's simply not true.

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.