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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The federal requirement to blend nearly 14 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline – more than the system can physically absorb – is slowing the nation’s transition to low carbon fuels, harming the environment and hurting California’s farmers and livestock producers.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

study released by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) demonstrates the alarming rate at which non-cropland was converted to cropland between 2011 and 2012. The study echoes findings from EWG’s Going, Going, Gone! and Plowed Under reports.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

There are more than 12,000 chemical plants that put Americans at risk with large amounts of chemicals, and 89 of those endanger more than 1 million people. Unfortunately, those most at risk in the examples below live in low-income communities of color.

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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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The House of Representatives will debate this week whether to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion over the next 10 years – and eliminate food assistance for roughly 6 million hungry Americans.


 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer. It is almost always caused by inhaling tiny asbestos fibers, which pass through the lungs and become embedded in the mesothelium, a thin layer of tissue that surrounds the internal organs.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Studies show that labeling genetically engineered foods won't result in big changes in consumers' buying choices at the store, but they say overwhelmingly that they want the information.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Yesterday marked a major victory for American consumers as mega-retailer Walmart announced a Sustainable Chemistry initiative that takes an important step toward protecting the health and wellness its customers.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Did you know that many counties with the highest rates of food stamp users are also home to recipients of huge farm subsidies?

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

There’s a growing consensus – except in the chemical industry and among its lobbyists and allies in Congress – that when it comes to protecting people and the environment from dangerous chemicals, the latest proposal to “reform” the nation’s outdated toxics law is a step in exactly the wrong direction.

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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
Residents of America’s 54 largest cities collected more than $24 million in Direct Payment farm subsidies in 2012, according to new research by the Environmental Working Group. 
 
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Putting “clean coal,” gas, nuclear, and unsustainable biomass under the “clean” umbrella is a triumph of rhetoric over reality. Nowhere does the "Clean Energy Standard" under discussion in Washington set goals for reducing dependence on coal, natural gas or nuclear and increasing reliance on truly clean, renewable energy sources.
 

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.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The energy industry spends millions of dollars on lobbying and public relations to fend off pressure for necessary changes to their core businesses. The way to fight back is for local groups, grassroots organizations and concerned citizens to band together to show that dirty energy is no longer acceptable.

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Earlier this year a disturbing study showed that the brominated fire retardant TBBPA, which is widely used in consumer products, triggers cancer in lab animals. Now a new study suggests that the chemical may do so by interfering with the hormone system and may stimulate estrogen activity in much the same way as the toxic flame retardant it replaced.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I spend lots of time thinking about toxic chemicals, so when I shop I get pretty annoyed. It’s flame retardants again. They’re in everything – kids’ pajamas, nap mats, nursing pillows, even some of those princess tents and kid tunnels.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Alarmed by current U.S. energy policy, 60 Americans from all over the country came together in 2012 and  earlier this year in Cambridge, Mass., to explore alternatives to the dangerous and misleading course being taken by industry and the nation’s political leaders. In three days of intense discussion, the group came up with the “American Clean Energy Agenda,” nine principles to put us on a course toward truly renewable, non-polluting energy.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A report released today (Aug. 27) by the Natural Resources Defense Council supplies the latest evidence that the federal crop insurance program desperately needs fundamental reform.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Still skeptical that underground disposal of gas drilling-related waste water in so-called “injection wells” can trigger earthquakes?

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