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Successes

February, 2014

February 2014, EWG published a new shopping guide to help people find foods made without genetically engineered ingredients and decide which certified organic foods to buy.

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February, 2014

February 2014, EWG’s relentless campaigning, driven by the farm subsidy database, marshaled a Congressional about-face that finally killed the outdated direct payment program. Our work on crop insurance preserved the conservation compact.

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October, 2013

An EWG analysis showed that under California’s proposed standard of 10 parts per billion, 24 million Californians would be exposed to potentially dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium, a suspected carcinogen, in drinking water. EWG submitted extensive research to the state, in conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action and others, and joined with more than 20 California groups urging the state Department of Public Health to tighten the standard. 

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October, 2013

EWG filed its first-ever shareholder actions against PepsiCo and Coca-Cola asking them not to fund a food industry campaign opposing a Washington state ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food.    

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October, 2013

Cosmetics Investigative Series – EWG launched an 11-week investigative series, Exposing the Cosmetics Cover-Up, to address the dire need for cosmetics safety reform. It cited potentially toxic ingredients in many cosmetics, deceptive claims by some popular anti-aging products and ingredients that should be banned in cosmetics. EWG’s online petition to L’Oreal and Revlon has garnered more than 100,000 signatures. 

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September, 2013

Mega-retailer Walmart announced it would require suppliers to limit or eliminate some potentially toxic chemicals from products on its shelves. Consumer awareness of toxic exposure risks drove this market change. 

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August, 2013

EWG submitted a petition with more than 26,000 signatures and an EWG-drafted letter from 12 public and environmental health organizations calling on the Federal Communications Commission to improve cell phone radiation standards.   

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August, 2013

The 2013 version of EWG’s seminal City Slickers report once again showed that the farm subsidy program had sent direct payments to upscale neighborhoods New York, Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco. 

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July, 2013

EWG helped craft bipartisan legislation now before the House to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, reduce the use of corn ethanol and accelerate development of promising second-generation biofuels. EWG’s Scott Faber testified in support of RFS reform before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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July, 2013

EWG’s Guide to Bug Repellents, the first of its kind, evaluated the safest and most effective ways to prevent bug bites and the diseases they transmit. It offered detailed advice for 20 different scenarios for adults, kids and pregnant women.  

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