Food should be good for you. But some foods aren’t. Pesticides are sprayed on millions of acres every year and some of them end up on your food. Our broken farm subsidy system encourages over production of the wrong food. EWG is pushing for better policy and more sustainable ways of farming that produce healthy food in a healthy environment.
Labeling food that contains genetically engineered ingredients, or GMOs, can help a company’s bottom line, reduce risk and build trust with consumers, an MIT researcher says.
Hawaiians have seen firsthand that people near agrichemical companies’ test plots of genetically engineered (GMO) crops are at increased risk of being exposed to toxic chemicals that drift off the fields. And they’re fighting back.
An article published today in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine by two of the nation’s most respected experts on pesticides and children’s environmental health calls for the Food and Drug Administration to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) food.
As the oldest sister, I’m often tasked with making lunch and snacks for my brothers. So I get why parents dread the summertime food-prep hassle. Keeping the kitchen stocked to satisfy kids’ appetites takes a lot of time and thinking.
When President Obama stepped off Air Force One in Kenya last month, he could automatically enjoy the right to know what is in his food... a right Americans don't have in the U.S.
Scientists are only beginning to investigate how certain chemicals may interact to contribute to cancer development. But given that we live in a sea of chemicals, it makes sense to begin reducing exposures to ones we know are bad actors.Read More
The Boston Globe ran an editorial yesterday (August 3) supporting a bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representative to block states and the federal government from requiring foods to be labeled if they contain GMO ingredients.
Federal lobby disclosure forms from big food and biotechnology companies, and their trade groups opposed to mandatory GMO labeling reveal a surge in lobbying expenditures during the first half of 2015, according to a new analysis by EWG.Read More
Big food and biotechnology companies and trade associations have reported spending $51.6 million over the first half of this year, some or all of which went to lobby for legislation that would block state and federal agencies from requiring food companies to label products that contain GMO ingredients, according to new analysis by EWG.
Parabens are a class of chemicals used as preservatives in food, industrial products and personal care products, but most widely prevalent in cosmetics and personal care products. Nearly everyone is exposed to these compounds: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested more than 2,500 urine samples, and detected methyl paraben in 99 percent and propyl paraben in 93 percent.
Legislation dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act, passed the House of Representatives today, but the fight for a more transparent food industry is only just beginning, EWG’s Scott Faber said following the vote.Read More
The hysterical arguments being made by some food companies to fight GMO labeling should sound familiar: they’ve made the same claims to combat food safety and food labeling laws for decades.
It’s getting harder and harder for opponents of GMO labeling to ignore the mushrooming opposition to the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK Act. This anti-environment and anti-farmworker bill would block states and local governments from passing GMO labeling laws to give Americans more information about their food. More than 300 organizations, companies, food industry and social justice leaders are working together to defeat this legislation, which Big Food and Big Ag are spending millions to pass.
An EWG survey of athletic fields and parks in a six-state sample of small-town America shows that more than 90 percent of these recreational areas are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers could well be sprayed, meaning that anyone playing there is likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent were within 200 feet.
When Congress votes this week on legislation to block GMO labeling, far more will be hanging in the balance than the simple question of whether consumers will be allowed to know whether their food was produced with a novel – and still largely unproven – technology.
The anti-labeling DARK Act sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) is now also an anti-environment, anti-farmworker and anti-public health bill. The latest version could rip more than 100 laws from the books of 43 states as they pertain to genetically engineered crops, or “GMOs.”