EWG News Roundup (8/2): Rich Farmers Get Bailed Out by Trump, Steps To Combat the PFAS Contamination Crisis and More
This week EWG released the details of the latest round of farm bailout payments that have come as a result of President Trump’s trade war with China. The data, obtained by EWG from the Department of Agriculture through a public records request, found that these dollars have flowed overwhelmingly to the largest and most successful farmers.
EWG also laid out how policymakers in Washington should combat the nationwide drinking water crisis caused by toxic fluorinated chemicals, also known as PFAS. It’s clear that Congress must send the message that it’s time to report, reduce and remediate toxic PFAS pollution.
And on Friday, EU scientists concluded that there was no safe level for the application of chlorpyrifos, a brain-damaging pesticide. This comes just weeks after President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency refused to ban the dangerous pesticide.
“The EU is doing what the science demands: putting public health ahead of the narrow interests of the pesticide industry,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “Tragically for American kids and their parents, the Trump administration is kowtowing to chemical agribusiness and allowing a dangerous pesticide to be sprayed on foods children eat every day.”
Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.
Trump Farm Bailout
Highlighting an uneven distribution of the bailout, which was designed to help offset effects of the U.S.-China trade war, the Environmental Working Group said the top 1% of aid recipients received an average of more than $180,000 while the bottom 80% were paid less than $5,000 in aid. Reprinted byReuters UK; New York Times; Yahoo!; Yahoo! News; Portland Press Herald; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Business Insider; KDAL-AM (Duluth MN); and 54 other media outlets.
“These programs are designed to give the most subsidy money to the biggest farms, we don’t dispute that,” Anne Schechinger, EWG senior analyst told [The Post’s] Laura [Reiley]. Reprinted by USA News Hub.
“Eighty-two farming operations received more than $500,000 each through April under the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Market Facilitation Program, according to the Environmental Working Group, which analyzed records it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act covering $8.4 billion in payments.”
The Midwest is more than happy to accept free stuff from the government, as Agriculture Department data compiled by the Environmental Working Group makes clear.
In a year of trade tariffs, natural disasters and weather problems, and depressed commodity prices, Anne Schechinger, EWG senior analyst, says that some of these farmers could be quadruple-dipping from federal aid programs. Reprinted by Chicago Tribune; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
New data obtained by the Environmental Working Groupunder a Freedom of Information Act request, though, show the extent to which those subsidies overlap with Trump’s base of political support. Reprinted by Centre Daily Times (State College PA).
Eighty-two farming operations received more than $500,000 in payments through April under the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Market Facilitation Program, according to the Environmental Working Group, which analyzed payment records it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act covering $8.4 billion in payments. Reprinted by Bloomberg Business News Network; SF Gate; Yahoo! News; Houston Chronicle; and 27 other media outlets.
Eighty-two farming operations received more than $500,000 in payments through April under the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Market Facilitation Program, according to the Environmental Working Group, which analyzed payment records it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act covering $8.4 billion in payments.
Ten percent of the recipients have received more than half the money, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by Follow News.
More than half of farm bailout payments meant to alleviate the effects of the U.S.'s ongoing trade war with China went to bigger, wealthier farms, according to a study from the Environmental Working Group.
More than half of farm bailout payments meant to alleviate the effects of the U.S.'s ongoing trade war with China went to bigger, wealthier farms, according to a study from the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by MSN; MSN Money; Alter Net.
More than half of the farm bailouts went to just one-tenth of the recipients in the program, according to a study by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by Yahoo! News New Zealand; Yahoo! News Australia.
“Like the first round of taxpayer-funded largesse, we expect the second iteration of this boondoggle to line the pockets of the already-wealthy,” EWG spokesperson Sarah Graddy said in a statement.
According to the non-profit Environmental Working Group, $38 million of last year's $12 billion in trade relief went to people who do not work on farms
The Department of Agriculture has doled out about $8.4 billion of last year’s farmer bailout funds, with more than half going to the top 10 percent of aid recipients, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) published Tuesday.
The Environmental Working Group has released a study on the first two rounds of the USDA’s Market Facilitation Program payments.
Last year, according to the Environmental Working Group, some states benefited over others. Using the Freedom of Information Act they discovered farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas received much more in 2018.
New California PFAS Law
Twenty-Nine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, the city of Adelanto and other communities are among 50 sites, largely in southern California, that have reported the chemicals in water supplies, according to Environmental Working Group (EWG).
There are 48 other states dealing with PFAS issues as well, according to data from the Environmental Working Group.
That foam has seeped into groundwater and wells surrounding military installations and commercial airports, and has been found in drinking water sources at more than 712 locations in 49 states, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization.
That foam has seeped into groundwater and wells surrounding military installations and commercial airports, and has been found in drinking water sources at more than 712 locations in 49 states, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization. Reprinted by Napa Valley Register; Fresno Bee; Modesto Bee (CA); Daily Republic (Solano County CA).
Pentagon PFAS Task Force
“The military is one of the primary sources of PFAS contamination in drinking water, so it is now up to the secretary to keep this commitment and end the Pentagon’s years-long foot dragging and its repeated efforts to weaken federal cleanup standards,” Scott Faber, senior vice president for government affairs at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), said July 24 in response to the task-force announcement.
“No federal agency publicly tracks algae blooms, so we are trying to fill the gap,” Environmental Working Group senior economist Anne Weir Schechinger said in the report. Reprinted by Richmond Times-Dispatch; Culpeper Star-Exponent (VA).
According to the Environmental Working Group,15 while most drinking water gets a passing grade from regulatory agencies, the EPA has not added a new contaminant for regulation in more than 20 years. Reprinted by Healthglu.
Carbon Tax Bill
“The scientific debate is closing [against us] but not yet closed. There is still a window of opportunity to challenge the science,” he wrote in that 2003 memo, obtained by the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy outfit.
Environmental Working Group vice president for communications, Alex Formuzis, added: "USDA and the agro-chemical industry should not be the groups that get to decide the fate of a highly toxic pesticide that can harm kids' brains and put farmworkers and their families at risk."
Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database
“People often worry less about mascara than, say, a full-body moisturizer, which offers the body much more [chemical] exposure,” says the Environmental Working Group’s director of Healthy Living Science, Nneka Leiba.
All of these foundations are mineral based and deemed safe by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that strives to educate consumers about the safety of common everyday products.
Though the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Database says sulfates are safe in small quantities, they can have some not-so-nice side effects like dehydrating strands and stripping color.
A trusted and fun-loving brand, this Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum harnesses the healing powers of vitamin C in an all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and GMO-free formula. Mad Hippie prides itself on scoring a safety rating of 1 by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep.
I would check what was Environmental Working Group (EWG) approved and go from there. It’s easy and safe, and there are so many affordable organic options now.
To have a home on the Onda shelves, formulas must limit toxins and earn a low-hazard ranking score of one from Environmental Working Group (an organisation that ranks products based on factors such as eliminating toxic ingredients).
Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors
According to a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, traces of 287 chemicals were found in the umbilical cord blood of the 10 American babies it tested. Reprinted by MSN India.
Ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard
But Scott Farber, a vice president at the Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based research and advocacy organization, said Democratic candidates cannot simultaneously support the Green New Deal and the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the 2005 federal law that requires ethanol and other biofuels to be blended the nation’s fuel pool. Reprinted by Before It’s News; Environment Guru.
In June, the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate in popular breakfast cereals — including Cheerios, which is owned by General Mills, and Quaker Oats oatmeal, which is owned by PepsiCo PEP, -0.80% — the third time in the past year the advocacy group has publicized the issue of glyphosate in food. Reprinted by FNTalk.
According to the Environmental Working Group: "Over the past 25 years, the EPA has increased the amount of glyphosate residue allowed on oats 300-fold. …” Reprinted by Healthglu.
For some options, check out the Environmental Working Group's Guide to Healthy Cleaning, which ranks dishwashing detergents and dish soaps from A to F, based on the safety of their ingredients.
Healthy Living App
When I tried to see if I could impact my exposure to everyday toxins, I used the Environmental Working Group’s phone app called Healthy Living to help guide my purchases.
Banned in the United Kingdom and Canada, potassium bromate is still lurking in some U.S. foods such as pizza, wraps, rolls, bread crumbs, and bagel chips, according to a 2015 analysis by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG). Reprinted by MSN Malaysia.
2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
Every year, the EWG or the Environmental Working Group — an environmental advocacy organization — releases a list of the most popular 48 fruits and vegetables that they either vet for being “clean,” or caution against non-organic consumption for being “dirty” with pesticides. Reprinted by Chicago Tribune; Daily News (New York NY); Daily Press (Newport News VA); Hartford Courant (CT).
In fact, grapes come in at number six on the Environmental Working Group’s 2019 “Dirty Dozen” list of foods highest in pesticides.
We know that grapes are always in the EWG’s Dirty Dozen; they are one of the fruits that are the most sprayed with pesticides.
And you may want to go organic, too—besides the bacterial differences seen in this study, conventional apples are always on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list, which includes produce with the most pesticides.
The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce reported that analysis of tests by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain up to 230 different pesticides or their breakdown products.
EWG's Guide to Sunscreens
In addition, sunscreens are now worn routinely by both children and adults, contributing to concerns about their safety, according to David Andrews, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research organization that rates sunscreens and other products. Reprinted by VIPortal.
Earth Mama sunscreens are listed as a safe choice on the Environmental Working Group’s website (ewg.org), an organization known for its strict testing and research on sunscreens.
A full SPF 50, [Thinksport Kids Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+] is an excellent, coral reef-safe sunscreen. It's also super affordable and is top-rated by EWG.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has pointed to the dangers of high SPF finding that sunscreen with greater than SPF 50 offers only marginally better sun protection and has a higher concentration of potentially toxic chemicals.
Below, see our picks for August, including Drew Barrymore’s new favorite sunscreen (it’s Environmental Working Group-approved!), and this Amazon favorite after sun lotion that will help soothe and moisturize skin after a day at the beach. Reprinted by Last Minute Stuff.
This lotion [Mineral Sunscreen Unscented SPF 30] provides a powerful shield against UV rays, but without any problematic additives identified by the EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.
A consumer advocacy organization, the Environmental Working Group, evaluated more than 1,300 products with SPF and found more than 60 percent don't offer adequate sun protection or they contain potentially harmful chemicals. Reprinted by WHAM-TV (Rochester ABC); KFXL-TV (Lincoln NE Fox); WJLA-TV (DC ABC); WSTM-TV (Syracuse NBC); WBFF-TV (Baltimore Fox); KBOI-TV (Boise ID CBS); KPTM-TV (Omaha NE Fox); and 4 other media outlets.
Tap Water Database
In fact, a 2009 analysis conducted by the Environmental Working Group found 316 contaminants in the water delivered to the public, 202 of which have no regulated safety standards.
PFAS in Drinking Water
In July 2019, the watchdog Environmental Working Group determined there were PFAS at more than 700 sites across 49 states in the US. Many of these sites included public water systems, military bases, and industrial plants. Reprinted by att.net; Business Insider India; Finanzen (Netherlands); Pulse Business Insider (Nigeria); Insider.
“It’s somewhat incredible that the agency has not set a single new drinking-water-contaminant regulation or legal limit in over two decades,” says David Andrews, Ph.D., a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research organization based in Washington D. C. Reprinted by Pulse Ghana; Health Breaking News.
A May analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Northeastern University also found that Michigan is the state whose water is most impacted by “forever chemicals” — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), toxins found in everyday items like nonstick pans which can increase the risk of cancer.
One recent study by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University, which compiled data from the Pentagon and water utility reports, found that approximately 19 million people across 43 states are exposed to contaminated drinking water.
The Environmental Working Group also estimates that 475 industrial facilities may be discharging PFAS directly into bodies of water.
And [PFAS] end up in the water consumed by people nationwide, posing a health risk according to Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Reprinted by KRCR-TV (Redding CA).
Umbilical Cord Blood Study
In a study performed in 2004 by the Environmental Working Group, umbilical cord blood was tested for chemicals in live birth babies in the U.S. Reprinted by Medium.