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Successes

May, 2013

EWG launched its “Worth Protecting” campaign to turn the farm bill into a food bill

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May, 2013

EWG tackled the chemical industry-backed Chemical Safety Improvement Act.  EWG President Ken Cook would testify against the bill at a July hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and executive director Heather White would testify in a similar vein before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  EWG delivered a letter citing the bill’s flaws that was signed by more than 30 law professors and legal experts.

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May, 2013

EWG’s 7th annual Sunscreen Guide rated the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeup that advertise sun protection. EWG researchers found that only 25 percent of products on the market offered strong and broad UV protection and posed few safety concerns.  

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May, 2013

EWG deployed a new capacity in remote sensing and landscape analysis to document industrial agriculture’s damage to human health and the environment. The first report in this year’s series – Paradise Lost: Conservation Programs Falter as Agricultural Economy Booms – appeared in May. Two more reports – Going, Going, Gone: Millions of Acres of Wetlands and Fragile Soil Go Under the Plow and Washout: Spring Storms Batter Poorly Protected Soil and Streams would be published in July. 

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April, 2013

EWG published an analysis by Iowa State University professor Bruce Babcock showing that federal crop insurance payouts to drought-stricken farmers exceeded the need by $7 billion; many Corn Belt farmers ended up with more money than they would have if their crops had come in.  

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April, 2013

EWG uncovered little-noticed government lab tests that detected extensive antibiotic-resistant bacteria contamination in 81 percent of ground turkey, 69 percent of pork chops, 55 percent of ground beef and 39 percent of chicken breasts, wings and thighs sampled in supermarkets

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April, 2013

EWG and the Civil Society Institute co-hosted the second clean energy grassroots organizing conference at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge.   

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March, 2013

Whole Foods announced it would label any foods sold in the U.S. with genetically engineered ingredients by 2018.  

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February, 2013

EWG’s report on toxic and carcinogenic chemicals released as byproducts of drinking water chlorination spurred demand for EWG’s new online Water Filter Buying Guide, which helps consumers find filters that remove those contaminants.

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February, 2013

Citing EWG tests showing high levels of flame retardants in the bodies of toddlers, California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed to end widespread use of toxic flame retardants in foam furniture.

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