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Cover crops, touted as a climate crisis solution, planted on only 1 in 20 acres of Corn Belt cropland

Cover crops, which help control water pollution from farm runoff, remain a little-used tool on Midwestern farmland, despite almost 100 years of science showing its value, according to a new...

EWG: Biden budget proposal prioritizes environment, public health and clean energy

The proposed $6 trillion FY-2022 federal budget released today by President Biden would provide much-needed investments in safe drinking water, clean air and environmental justice, as well as...

Minnesota appeals court ignores threat to Pineland Sands communities’ water and health

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will not reverse the state’s decision to allow more irrigation permits in the Pineland Sands region, despite the lack of full environmental review – a ruling that clears...

EWG calls on produce industry to support federal court ban of brain-damaging pesticide

The Environmental Working Group on Monday called on the conventional produce industry to support a recent federal court ruling requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to ban or severely restrict...

EWG analysis: More testing needed to keep people safe from algae toxins in Upper Midwest

Government monitoring of lakes, rivers and streams for a dangerous toxin that can be produced by outbreaks of algae falls far short of what’s needed to protect public health in Iowa, Minnesota and...

EWG and Center for Biological Diversity hail Florida’s decision to ban highly toxic pesticide on citrus crops

The highly toxic pesticide aldicarb can no longer be used on citrus crops in Florida after the state denied an application by AgLogic Chemical LLC today, citing “an unacceptable risk to human, animal...

Wisconsin’s Big Ag lobby threatens clean water rule

Wisconsin’s proposed nitrate pollution rule, critical to protecting the health of more than 1 million residents, is in danger of being blocked by a group of lawmakers beholden to industrial...

EWG applauds Booker-Spanberger bill to reward climate stewardship on farms and forest lands and expand rural renewable energy production

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) yesterday announced the reintroduction of legislation to support voluntary conservation practices on more than 100 million acres of U.S...

OUT NOW: EWG’s 2021 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Collard and mustard greens join kale among the most pesticide-contaminated fresh produce on the Environmental Working Group's 2021 Dirty Dozen™ list. For the first time, bell peppers and hot peppers...

EWG Applauds Senate Confirmation of Michael Regan as EPA Administrator

The Senate today confirmed President Biden's nominee, Michael Regan, to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

EWG Report: Under Trump, Farm Subsidies Soared, Making the Rich Richer

Federal farm policy has long favored the wealthiest landowners with taxpayer-funded largesse. But under the Trump administration, even more money went to the largest and wealthiest farms, further...

Lawmakers Threaten To Derail Proposal To Eliminate Black Farmers’ Debt

Two members of the House Agriculture Committee are trying to derail a provision in the budget reconciliation bill that would eliminate all federal farm debt held by Black farmers.

EWG Calls on EPA To Ban Use of Brain-Damaging Pesticide

The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos should be banned for use immediately by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Working Group wrote in a public comment letter [link to letter] to...

EWG Applauds Senate Environmental Committee’s Vote To Approve Michael Regan as EPA Administrator

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today voted 14-6 to confirm Michael Regan to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The full Senate will vote in the coming...

Will Land O’Lakes/Microsoft ‘Carbon Bank’ Actually Cut Emissions?

Land O'Lakes touts its new agricultural carbon credits market as a “transformational” program rewarding farmers for adopting conservation practices while “incentivizing” corporations to reduce...

National Black Farmers Association and EWG Applaud the Justice for Black Farmers Act

The following is the statement of John Boyd, founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, and Scott Faber, EWG's senior vice president for government affairs, on the reintroduction...

Biden’s Pick To Head USDA Recognizes New Food and Farm Challenges

Today President Biden's nominee for secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack, who held the same post in the Obama administration, testified in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture...

Biden Moves Aggressively on Climate Change, Environmental Justice With Sweeping Executive Orders

In a sharp break from the policies of the Trump administration, President Biden today issued an ambitious series of executive orders to combat the climate crisis, embrace science and foster...

Another Last-Minute Poison Pill: Trump Administration Kneecaps EPA’s Use of Sound Science To Protect Public Health

With two weeks left in President Trump's term, his Environmental Protection Agency has once again issued an 11th-hour rule that will hamper the incoming Biden administration's efforts to protect...

EWG Applauds Farm and Food Worker Protection Funds in Covid-19 Relief Package

EWG applauds the inclusion of funds for Covid-19 protections for farm and food workers in the pandemic relief package congressional leaders agreed to on Sunday. The package, which awaits a final vote...

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