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Government panel calls for limiting federal purchases of products with ‘forever chemicals’

An influential federal advisory committee is recommending that federal agencies phase out the purchase of products containing the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Campaign to ban asbestos gains momentum with striking Times Square billboard

An unmissable new campaign featured on the iconic Nasdaq billboard in the heart of New York’s Times Square urges Congress to ban all uses and imports of cancer-causing asbestos.

What is sodium benzoate?

Sodium benzoate is a preservative found in fruit juices, fermented foods, sauces and some pancake syrups.

EWG finds little-known toxic chemical in four out of five people tested

A new EWG peer-reviewed study has found chlormequat, a little-known pesticide, in four out of five, or 80 percent, people tested. The groundbreaking analysis of chlormequat in the bodies of people in...

Let states and communities protect their citizens from pesticides

Pesticide makers could undermine state and local governments’ right to adopt rules that protect communities from exposure to toxic crop chemicals, if some members of Congress get their way. They’re...

‘Forever chemicals’: Top 3 ways to lower your exposure

The harmful “forever chemicals” known as PFAS are everywhere – as EWG scientists say, “Wherever we look, we find them.” But reducing exposure to these toxic substances is possible.

Demand grows for ski, snowboard wax without ‘forever chemicals’

Add skis and snowboards to the long list of consumer products treated with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS: outerwear, furniture, carpeting, upholstery fabric, period products, cookware,...

It’s time to ban paraquat

The Environmental Protection Agency must ban the toxic weedkiller paraquat – a step over than 60 other countries have taken because of its threats to human health. Paraquat has been linked to...

New USDA data reveal that the largest factory farms keep growing in number

The largest factory farms that are bad for farmers, the environment and public health keep growing in number, according to new data the Department of Agriculture released today.

Super Bowl ads: Showcasing snacks and makeup with toxic chemicals

Whether your taste runs to salty or sweet, you probably ate your share of snacks while you watched this year’s Super Bowl – some with potentially harmful ingredients.

As farm income returns to normal levels, gaps continue to grow

While farm income is expected to return to normal levels in 2024, the gap between the largest, most successful farmers and their poorer neighbors continues to grow. Increasing farm subsidies, as some...

Protein predicament: Health concerns about protein bars

Protein bars might not immediately come to mind when you think of unhealthy foods, but some aren’t as beneficial as they seem. Many bars sold today contain large amounts of ultra-processed ingredients...

Increasing crop reference prices would hurt young farmers

Increasing price guarantees for major crops, as some farm groups and legislators are proposing, would make it harder for young farmers – those aged 35 or younger – to compete against larger, legacy...

How to buy a mattress without toxic chemicals

How hard can it be to buy a mattress? The answer: There’s more to consider with this big ticket consumer item than you might suspect – including your health. A mattress is a purchase you may make only...

Replacement flame retardant chemicals linked to preterm birth, new study finds

A new study finds a link between premature birth and exposure to organophosphate ester flame retardants, or OPEs, used in furniture and foam for mattresses and more. The study also found the risk of...

Heartbreaking: Harmful food dyes in Valentine’s Day candy

Heart-shaped candies, the ubiquitous Valentine’s Day sweet treats, may contain potentially problematic food dyes – likely at levels that are harmful to health.

Battle in California court shows urgent need to expand, not limit, solar in the state

A legal fight in California could determine whether the state will meet its clean energy and climate goals – or whether power companies’ greed could prevent millions of hardworking residents from...

Pucker up for less: Lipsticks that won’t break the bank this Valentine’s Day

The right lipstick could be the cherry on top of your Valentine’s Day celebration. Whether you’re getting ready for a dinner date or looking for the perfect gift for your partner, lipstick may be the...

7 reasons to add more plants to your diet

You probably know plant-based and plant-forward diets have considerable benefits. But you might not know the exact benefits.. Do they help your health? The environment?

Hundreds of chemicals in everyday consumer products may increase breast cancer risk

More than 900 chemicals found in cosmetics, drinking water, food and cleaning supplies used by millions of Americans every day may cause biological changes linked to risk of developing breast cancer...
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