Midwest

EWG’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. In the Midwest we pursue our mission by working to move agriculture in a more sustainable direction. Farmland dominates the landscape and watersheds in the Midwest. The way that land is used and managed has profound effects on our health through the water we drink and the food we eat.

Farming can actually make water cleaner and the environment healthier. Farms doing exactly that are scattered across the Midwest. We bring a unique combination of remote-sensing, big data and landscape analysis to bear to build pressure to change policy to heal the damage done by poor farming practices and to build excitement about how much healthier the environment could be through often simple changes in the way we farm.

Friday, December 4, 2020

EWG News Roundup (12/4): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

EWG News Roundup (11/20): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

EWG News Roundup (11/13): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

EWG News Roundup (10/30): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

EWG News Roundup (10/23): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The White Earth Reservation, in Minnesota, where I was born and live, was created in 1867 by a treaty between the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and the U.S. government. The original reservation boundaries consisted of 837,000 acres. But over time, poor federal planning and fraudulent land grabs whittled our tribal land down by 90 percent.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

EWG News Roundup (10/2): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

EWG News Roundup (9/25): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

EWG News Roundup (9/18): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Mike Tauber, a plumber by trade, grew up and now lives on the outskirts of Hackensack, a town of 300 located within 10 miles of 127 lakes in north central Minnesota’s Cass County.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

EWG News Roundup (7/30): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Toxic algae outbreaks – slimy, smelly blooms of microorganisms, triggered by polluted farm runoff into lakes and rivers – can cause nausea, vomiting and more serious, longer-term health impacts, such as liver failure and cancer, in people exposed through recreational contact or drinking water.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In much of America’s farm country, nitrate contamination of drinking water, largely caused by polluted runoff from crop fields, poses a serious health risk – and the problem is getting worse, according to an Environmental Working Group analysis of data from 10 states.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

EWG News Roundup (5/29): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Manure from Minnesota’s 23,000 animal feedlots threatens to overload nearby cropland with chemicals that can pollute lakes, streams and aquifers, including drinking water sources, a new Environmental Working Group investigation found.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

In almost all of Minnesota’s farm counties, the combination of manure plus commercial fertilizer is likely to load too much nitrogen or phosphorus or both onto crop fields, threatening drinking water and fouling the state’s iconic lakes and rivers, according to an Environmental Working Group investigation.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

This week the Department of Agriculture unveiled a pandemic relief initiative that will give farmers $16 billion in direct payments. Just like the Market Facilitation Program, or MFP, which gave $23 billion in subsidies to farmers in response to President Trump’s trade war, most of the money won’t go to small family farmers but to the largest and wealthiest farms, which need the money the least.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Counties with or near meatpacking plants have almost twice the rate of known COVID-19 infections as the national average, according to a geospatial analysis by the Environmental Working Group. 

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Friday, May 8, 2020

EWG News Roundup (5/8): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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