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Friday, November 1, 2013

The Boston Red Sox may have won the World Series in baseball, but when it comes to the World Series of Subsidies, look no farther than EWG’s Subsidy All Stars.  

Friday, October 25, 2013

With the Farm Bill conference set to begin, EWG sent a letter to conferees seeking a farm bill that strengthens environmental protections and makes real reform to our broken crop insurance program.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) recently spoke out against the provision that would link crop insurance and basic conservation practices, known as “conservation compliance”, claiming it would be “misguided and redundant” because of similar requirements for producers participating in other USDA programs. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today (Oct. 16) against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).  Ferguson alleges the group illegally bundled more than $7 million from its members and contributed it to the campaign against the I-522 ballot initiative, which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

On Friday (Oct. 11) evening, the House of Representatives approved a “sense of the House” that would reduce crop insurance premium subsidies by 15 percent for producers with an adjusted gross income over $750,000.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

A new report released yesterday by EWG and agriculture economist Bruce Babcock finds that a new proposal to increase crop insurance subsidies could cost far more than advertised. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

EWG’s Mike Lavender responds to a report released yesterday (Oct. 8) by the Government Accountability Office that found almost half of the individuals who received farm subsidies in 2012 were not even working on farms.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The federal government shutdown has suspended the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety inspection program, the Huffington Post writes

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

EWG called out the big food lobbying group, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), for dropping an additional $5 million into a campaign to defeat a popular Washington state referendum initiative to label genetically engineered food.

Monday, September 30, 2013

EWG’s Mike Lavender writes on the programs that will be impacted when the farm bill expires at midnight tonight, and what a good extension would include.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The popular blog BuzzFeed analyzed last weeks House vote to cut SNAP by nearly $40 billion over the next 10 years.  Using data from EWG, they highlighted the members of Congress who voted in favor of the draconian cuts but receive generous farm subsidies.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin calls out the lawmakers who voted in favor of the $40 billion cut to SNAP yesterday (Sept. 19) that “represent” some of the poorest- and SNAP dependent- counties in the country.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly voted to cut SNAP by $40 billion. 

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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.

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.