“The most important lesson for the public to take away from this decision is that the government insisted chlorpyrifos in our food was completely safe, right up until the moment when it was banned for being too dangerous,” said EWG President Ken Cook.
Earlier in the week, the Department of Agriculture announced an increase in the standard food stamp benefit for more than 40 million Americans who depend on the program.
“Cost can be a barrier to building a healthy diet,” said Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs. “Although many healthy food choices are low-cost, the standard benefit has long been one barrier to making nutritious choices.”
EWG broke down the risks associated with the food additive titanium dioxide, an ingredient found in Skittles, Starburst and thousands of other sweet treats marketed to children.
And finally, there’s a backlog of farmers seeking federal assistance for conservation efforts that can protect drinking water supplies, but the billions of dollars allocated to the program aren’t flowing their way. The budget reconciliation bill that House and Senate Democrats are developing provides a once-in-a-generation chance to make farmland stewardship a priority.
Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.
I tried more than a dozen different kids sunscreens this summer trying to find the right one: a sunscreen that got the highest marks (a 1 rating) from the Environmental Working Group, which reviews the safety and efficacy of consumer products, and that my kids, and myself, were OK with.
Environmental Protection Agency bans chlorpyrifos
"We strongly commend the Biden administration for taking this dangerous bug killer off the market," Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook said in a statement. "The most important lesson for the public to take away from today's decision is that the government insisted chlorpyrifos in our food was completely safe, right up until the moment when it was banned for being too dangerous. There are many, many other pesticides currently on the market with government approval that are manifestly unsafe and should be immediately banned or severely restricted." Reprinted by MSN.
Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook says, “The most important lesson for the public to take away from today’s decision is that the government insisted chlorpyrifos in our food was completely safe, right up until the moment when it was banned for being too dangerous.” Reprinted by Feedstuffs.
Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide used to grow a variety of row crops, including broccoli, cauliflower, fruit and nut trees, and soybeans. Additionally, when the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the 2021 Dirty Dozen list earlier this year, the organization reported that chlorpyrifos was found on 10 percent of all basil, cilantro, frozen strawberries tested, hot peppers, and radishes tested.
Wireless radiation study
In July, the Environmental Working Group published a study that recommended new guidelines for exposure to radio-frequency radiation — the kind emitted by cellphones, routers and antennas. Focused on children’s health, the guidelines recommend that children’s exposure be 400 times lower than the current limit set by the Federal Communications Commission back in 1996.
“So the medical experts out there who conducted or peer reviewed this study, the conclusion is that there appears to be some possible connection between these cell related frequencies and at least pre- cancerous developments. I won’t say that it’s been confirmed, but it raises concerns. Most recently, July of this year, the environmental groups, one of them in particular, The Environmental Working Group or EWG, issued a study result that confirmed or tracked some of these same results.” Reprinted by Russia News Now and USSA News.
When it comes to choosing a mosquito repellent, DEET might have a bad rap, but Dr. Roshan explains, “There have been no studies to show adverse fetal outcomes when pregnant women use DEET containing insect repellent.” For long-lasting coverage, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends DEET concentrations of 20 to 30% for optimal safety during pregnancy.
California lead testing of licensed child care centers
California regulators are launching their most health-protective program ever to test drinking water for lead in licensed child care facilities. Marcella Lee of KFMB interviewed Susan Little for story on California’s program to test the water of all licensed child care centers for lead.
Environmental Working Group's senior research and database analyst Samara Geller explained to Apartment Therapy that dryer sheets often include quaternary ammonium compounds (QACS). Geller said this chemical has been linked to long-term health problems such as cancer and reproductive issues, but noted that there haven't been enough studies to make a definitive conclusion. Reprinted by MSN.
And the chief scientist at the Environmental Working Group tells us with products that are re-applied like hand sanitizer, consumers could be exposing themselves several times a day.
“So it seems pretty straightforward from a public health perspective. These are products that shouldn’t be on the market,” said Senior Scientist at Environmental Working Group David Andrews.
California nitrate report
A 2020 report from the Environmental Working Group gave us data and published evidence that access to clean and affordable water “falls along racial lines” in part as a result of discriminatory land-use practices in California’s history and continues to persist in many ways.
In 2010, the Environmental Working Group published an oft-cited report that found "secret" chemicals in popular perfumes, including chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, along with several that hadn't been assessed for safety at all.
Healthy Living: Home Guide
The Environmental Working Group recommends people use HEPA filters to filter their air, as these do not emit ozone gas, a toxic form of oxygen that can be dangerous for inhalation, according to a 2011 study.
PFAS in cosmetics
“(PFAS) are associated for most people with Scotchgard and nonstick pans, but these chemicals, the entire family of PFAS, have found incredible lifestyle use — food wrappers, treatment of clothing, upholstery. Cosmetics have gotten so much attention because these are products people are applying directly to their skin,“ said David Andrews, senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
PFAS in food packaging
In other words, what makes them useful in products makes them bad for the environment and bad for us — creating a pollution crisis that's been called a "public health emergency" by research and advocacy organization the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by Free News Today; MSN
PFAS in water
Scott Faber, senior vice president for government affairs of the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, which has worked on PFAS issues for more than two decades, said the blueprint is good — but not enough. He said he's surprised Minnesota has not been more aggressive.
The advocacy-oriented nonprofit Environmental Working Group has researched PFAS for decades. Senior scientist David Andrews said the levels found at Shamrock Technologies are on par with some of the most contaminated sites EWG has encountered. Reprinted by WKMS (Murray, Ky.); WKU (Western Kentucky University); WEKU (Richmond, Ky.)
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
The dirty dozen food list is produced by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) with the “fruits and vegetables the nonprofit claims have the highest amount of pesticides when grown conventionally versus organically.”
Be aware that it's best to start with organic celery. According to the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen 2019 list of foods with the most pesticide residue, celery ranks in the top 12.
EWG Guide to Sunscreens
To steer clear of harmful chemicals in your sunscreen, visit The Environmental Working Group for information on ingredients, as well as safe, recommended brands. Other preventive measures include wearing a wide-brimmed hat and doing your relaxing under a beach umbrella.
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Tap Water Database
By now most of us are aware of the benefits that come with using a water filter at home, but what about at school? According to the Environmental Working Group, tap water can contain more than 250 contaminants.