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In response to EWG complaint, USDA investigation confirms glyphosate contamination of organic chickpeas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, responding to a complaint by the Environmental Working Group, is confirming that a popular brand of organic chickpeas was contaminated with the cancer-causing...

Federal appeals court rejects Trump administration’s last-minute approval of toxic pesticide banned in more than 100 countries

The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia this week rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

Bayer may end sales of toxic weedkiller Roundup for residential use

After a federal judge rejected a proposed $2 billion settlement for all future claims that Roundup causes cancer, the maker of the widely used weedkiller said it will consider whether to end its sale...

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 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...

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 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...

Defying a Federal Court Order, Trump’s EPA Approves Continued Use of Toxic Weedkiller Dicamba

In defiance of a federal court order, on Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency extended the use of a weedkiller linked to cancer, pitting farmers who use it on genetically engineered crops...

Sweeping Proposal Would Protect Kids, Farmworkers – and Everyone – From Toxic Pesticides

Legislation introduced today would ban or restrict scores of the most toxic pesticides, introduce health-protective restrictions on pesticide use and registration, and create new safety protections...

As Homes Become Classrooms, Calif. Gov. Newsom Moves To Protect Kids From Pesticide Drift

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed all counties to tighten restrictions on pesticide spraying near homes, to protect children from toxic chemicals drifting from crop fields while they are...

OUT NOW: EWG’s 2020 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group's 2020 Dirty Dozen™. Yet the dirtiest...

EWG Analysis: Nitrate Pollution of Drinking Water in Rural Minnesota Is Getting Worse

Nitrate contamination of drinking water has increased across Minnesota's farm country, an Environmental Working Group analysis of state data has found.

EWG Study: EPA Fails To Follow Landmark Law To Protect Children From Pesticides in Food

The landmark Food Quality Protection Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to protect children's health by applying an extra margin of safety to legal limits for pesticides in food. But an...

Brain-Damaging Pesticide No Longer Sold in California

Farms in California can no longer buy a neurotoxic pesticide that can damage children's brains and nervous systems. As of today, chlorpyrifos is banned for sale in the state that grows most of the...

EWG Applauds Kellogg's for Pledge To End Pre-Harvest Use of Weedkiller Glyphosate

Kellogg's will take steps to phase out the use of the herbicide glyphosate to dry oats and wheat before harvest, eliminating use of the potentially harmful chemical in the main ingredients of many of...

Trump EPA Proposes To Scrap Protections for Children From Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer

The Trump administration today proposed reapproving the pesticide atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting hormone that castrates frogs and is linked to birth defects and cancer in people. It has been banned...

New York Becomes Third State To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide

Beginning next year, a neurotoxic pesticide that at low doses can trigger brain and behavioral damage in children will be banned from use by agricultural operations in New York State

As U.S. Ignores Risks to Kids, E.U. Bans Brain-Damaging Pesticide

The European Union today confirmed it will ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops early next year, citing the risk of brain damage to children – evidence the U.S. Environmental...

Trump EPA to Weaken Safeguards of Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer

The Trump administration announced in a document posted Thursday that it plans to weaken environmental safeguards for atrazine, a weedkilling pesticide linked to birth defects and cancer in humans.

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