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Popular POM juice producer among California's leading users of paraquat

The Wonderful Company, California-based maker of the popular pomegranate juice POM, is the state’s second-largest user of paraquat – a toxic herbicide banned in over 60 countries – a new Environmental...

EWG sponsors bill to ban use in California of toxic weedkiller linked to Parkinson’s disease

The Environmental Working Group is sponsoring legislation in the state Assembly that would ban the use of the highly toxic herbicide paraquat in California.

Anemic EPA announcement warning farmworkers of health risks of pesticide DCPA doesn’t go far enough

Today the Environmental Protection Agency publicly warned farmworkers of the “serious, permanent, and irreversible health risks” posed by the pesticide DCPA – in what is likely a final step before the...

Toxic weedkiller linked to Parkinson’s poses disproportionate risk to Latino farmworkers, families in California

A groundbreaking analysis by the Environmental Working Group sheds light on a concerning disparity in exposure to the toxic weedkiller paraquat, with rural Latino communities in California’s farm...

EWG’s 2024 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™: The Dirty Dozen™ is packed with fungicides that can disrupt human hormones

Non-organic produce is loaded with fungicides that may harm human hormone systems, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2024 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, released today.

New USDA ‘climate-smart’ list includes many conservation practices with likely no climate benefits

The Agriculture Department recently added farming practices that likely do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions to its “climate-smart” conservation list, misrepresenting the agricultural sector’s...

USDA census: Smaller farms falling further behind

New data released today by the Department of Agriculture show that smaller farms are falling further behind their larger neighbors.

Whistling past the graveyard: EPA ignores science linking paraquat to Parkinson’s disease

The Environmental Protection Agency is dismissing a growing body of research linking the toxic weed killer paraquat to Parkinson’s disease, according to an agency analysis released today . The agency...

Blockbuster GAO report reveals skyrocketing costs of federal Crop Insurance Program, enriching wealthy farmers, insurance companies and agents

A shocking new report by the Government Accountability Office published on Monday reveals an alarming surge in the cost of the federal Crop Insurance Program, with wealthy farmers, insurance agents...

New EWG report finds toxic pesticide spray risks near thousands of elementary schools

More than 4,000 elementary schools across the U.S. are located within spitting distance of farm fields where toxic pesticides are likely sprayed, a new Environmental Working Group analysis shows.

EWG: Extreme weather linked to climate crisis triggered $118.7B in crop insurance payments

Extreme weather linked to the climate emergency triggered $118.7 billion in crop insurance payouts to U.S. farmers between 2001 and 2022, a new Environmental Working Group investigation has found.

EWG: Farmers received record $19.13B in crop insurance indemnities in 2022

As the climate crisis accelerates, wreaking havoc on weather patterns across the U.S., crop insurance costs are shooting up, a new Environmental Working Group analysis finds.

Advocates urge House Farm Bill leaders to protect and strengthen anti-hunger and climate spending programs, include worker protections

A diverse collection of anti-hunger, environmental, nutrition, public health and worker advocates on Wednesday urged House farm bill leaders to protect and strengthen anti-hunger and climate spending...

EWG applauds Carper-Braun bill to prioritize climate-smart farming

The following is a statement from Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group senior vice president for government affairs, on the CROP for Farming Act introduced today by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and...

EWG: USDA should prohibit ‘climate-friendly’ claims on beef products

Today the Environmental Working Group petitioned the Department of Agriculture to prohibit beef producers like Tyson Foods’ Brazen Beef from claiming their products are “climate-friendly” and to...

EWG analysis: As the climate emergency heats up the Southwest, crop insurance payouts for heat surge

Hotter weather linked to climate change drove up crop insurance costs for heat-related crop damage and losses in the Southwest, according to a new Environmental Working Group analysis of federal data...

Maine data unveils troubling trend: 55 PFAS-related chemicals in over 1,400 pesticides

More than 1,400 pesticides contain active ingredients that meet Maine’s definition for the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to a new analysis of data from the state by Environmental...

Biden EPA moves closer to total ban of toxic weedkiller DCPA

The Environmental Protection Agency this week released part of its health assessment showing the weedkiller DCPA, sold under the brand Dacthal and widely used on U.S. food for decades, poses serious...

EWG statement on the debt ceiling agreement: It will hurt hungry people

The following is the statement of Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs, on the debt ceiling agreement released this week by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin...

Supreme Court ruling will weaken EPA's authority to protect drinking water sources from agriculture pollution

Today's Clean Water Act ruling by the Supreme Court will limit the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to safeguard much of the country’s drinking water sources from farm pollution runoff.
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