EWG's mission is to conduct original, game-changing research that inspires people, businesses, and governments to take action to protect human health and the environment.

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It’s hard to find a media outlet – print, radio, broadcast, cable or online – that hasn’t cited EWG's research and spokespeople repeatedly over the last 20 years (nearly a thousand times in just The New York Times and The Washington Post combined between 1993 and 2013). Starting with our very first report highlighting the presence of highly toxic pesticides in children's food, EWG has produced a steady stream of cutting-edge research that garnered record media coverage and drove important changes in government policy and industry practices to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals and addressed other environmental risks. Many of those victories would never have happened if millions of Americans had not read, watched or listened to media reports showcasing the frequently game-changing findings of EWG’s research and policy professionals.

EWG believes that when the proverbial tree falls in the forest, everyone should hear it. What’s the point of dedicating staff time and precious dollars to do the research if the public doesn’t learn of the problems (and solutions) EWG has explored over the last two decades? To get elected leaders and industry executives to make changes that benefit public health and the environment, they have to feel pressure from their constituents and consumers. And one bulletproof way to compel that kind of change is through aggressive and strategic media relations.

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