EWG News Roundup (3/19): 2021 Shopper’s Guide, EPA Seeks To Monitor Industrial PFAS Discharges, EWG’s ‘None of the Above’ Energy Platform and More

This week, EWG released the 2021 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™. Major stories in the guide this year include collards and mustard greens joining kale at No. 3 on the Dirty Dozen™ list and recent tests commissioned by EWG showing more than 90 percent of non-organic citrus tainted with toxic pesticides.

“Whether organic or conventionally grown, fruits and vegetables are critical components of a healthy diet,” said EWG toxicologist Thomas Galligan, Ph.D. “We urge consumers who are concerned about their pesticide intake to consider, when possible, purchasing organically grown versions of the foods on EWG’s Dirty Dozen, or conventional produce from our Clean Fifteen™.”

Also this week, key House committees introduced sweeping infrastructure legislation that would provide $3.5 billion over the next five years to address the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in drinking water and industrial wastewater. Actor and environmental advocate Mark Ruffalo applauded these steps taken by the House.

“It’s simply wrong that polluters can dump their PFAS wastes on the rest of us. It’s good news that Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, along with other members of their committees, have introduced legislation to provide a combined $3.5 billion in grants to help our community water systems and wastewater treatment plants deal with their toxic mess,” said Ruffalo. “This is an important first step. But much more is needed to ensure that we have clean water and that the polluters, not the public, share the cost of cleanup.”

The Environmental Protection Agency indicated that it was preparing to propose a new rule, asking chemical companies to provide information on the production and discharge of PFAS.

EWG introduced the first in a series of articles on an “all of the above” energy policy that relies on the dirty, dangerous and inequitable sources of the past, arguing that we should consign these dying relics to the ash heap of “none of the above.”

Finally, EWG is outraged and saddened by the slaughter of eight innocent Americans in the Atlanta area and condemns the recent surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

UPI: Strawberries, spinach, kale top 2021 'Dirty Dozen' contamination list

Strawberries, spinach and kale topped an annual list released on Wednesday that details products that contain the most pesticide residue on the fruits and vegetables market. The list compiled by the Environmental Working Group, called the "Dirty Dozen," outlines which fruits and vegetables are most contaminated.

CNN: Dirty Dozen 2021: View the list of foods with the most and least pesticides

Strawberries continue to lead the "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits and veggies that contain the highest levels of pesticides, followed by spinach, a trio of greens -- kale, collard and mustard -- nectarines, apples, and grapes, according to the Environmental Working Group's 2021 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

CNN Newsletter: 5 things to know for March 17: Spa killings, Covid-19, 2020 election, Cuomo, Japan

Here are the foods with the most and least pesticides. Spoiler alert: Strawberries continue to top the "Dirty Dozen" list. Strawberries topped the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list in 2021 for the sixth year in a row.

FOX News: These fruits, vegetables have highest pesticide contamination among fresh produce, study finds

On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annual "Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce'' report, which found that strawberries were contaminated with more pesticides than any other fruits or vegetables. 

USA Today: These 12 fruits and vegetables contain more pesticide residue than others, 'Dirty Dozen' study says

The 2021 "Dirty Dozen," released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group, ranked pesticide residue levels of fruits and vegetables based on samples taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Insider: Strawberries and leafy greens contain the most pesticides of any produce, even after washing them, a report finds

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) comes up with a list of fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels of pesticides deemed the "Dirty Dozen."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ‘Dirty Dozen’ 2021 reveals top produce you need to watch out for

Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases a list of the top 12 vegetables and fruits that have the highest pesticide residue levels.

Better Homes & Gardens: These 12 Foods Are Most Likely to Carry Pesticide Residue, Even After Washing

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2021 Dirty Dozen list, which shows the fruits and veggies most contaminated with residues from pesticides, according to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Fast Company: Watch out for the ‘Dirty Dozen’

The Dirty Dozen: For the Environmental Working Group (EWG), that’s the 12 fresh fruits and vegetables with the most residue from toxic pesticides. The activist group just published its 2021 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which ranks pesticide contamination in 46 popular crops based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

Good Housekeeping: Which Produce Made the Dirty Dozen List? Take a Look at Full 2021 Rankings

The Environmental Working group (referred to as the EWG) has published its latest list of fruits and vegetables that experts at the organization have determined contain elevated levels of pesticide. Over the last year, the nonprofit has analyzed randomized samplings of produce across the nation to create its Dirty Dozen list, which highlights the nature of conventional farming and how certain practices may pose a risk to consumers' health. 

Green Matters: 2021’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Are Here, With New Pesticide-Laden Veg (Exclusive)

Just in time for the spring harvest, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, aka the 2021 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. 

The Independent: Here are the American foods covered in the most pesticides

The Environmental Working Group, a consumers’ rights watchdog, released their “Dirty Dozen” list on Wednesday, ranking the twelve fruits and vegetables with the most residue from pesticides. Strawberries top the list, followed by spinach, and then kale and other greens.

The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.): Tips for buying seasonal strawberries

Once again though, strawberries top the Environmental Working Group’s list of conventionally-grown foods most contaminated by pesticides (The Dirty Dozen), due mostly to soil fumigants, since strawberry plants are very susceptible to soil-borne diseases as well as insects that like a sweet berry as much as we do.

Shape: What Are the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Foods?

If you're someone who aims to go organic when it really makes a difference — and conventional when it doesn't — you can use the Environmental Working Group's latest report to guide your purchases. 

WebMD: Strawberries, Spinach, Kale Top ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Again

Strawberries, spinach, and kale top this year's "Dirty Dozen" list, released annually by the Environmental Working Group as a shopper's guide to avoid pesticide in produce. 

KESZ 99.9 (Phoenix, Ariz.): The Foods With The Most Pesticides

Every year, the Environmental Working Group compiles an annual Shopper's Guide To Pesticides In Produce list of foods with the least and most pesticides and for 2021 (for the sixth year in a row), strawberries have the unflattering distinction of being the most likely to contain contaminated pesticide residues.

KHTS-FM 93.3 (San Diego, Calif.): The Geena the Latina and Frankie V Morning Show

The Environmental Working Group came out with their list of the "Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetable list which is a list of the fruits and veggies that have the highest pesticides.

WBAV V101.9 (Charlotte, N.C.): These 12 Fruits And Vegetables Have The Most Pesticides On The 2021 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List

Do you ever wonder just how clean your fresh veggies and fruits are? Well, wonder no more because the Agriculture Department has released a list of vegetables and fruits that have the most and least amount of pesticides according to the Environmental Working Group.

WGN America: Know the Cause

This particular list comes from the Environmental Working Group and they are monitoring toxins. These are the foods that if you just buy commercially out of the produce department are the most likely to be overly contaminated with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, just every kind of chemical that are used in commercial agriculture.

WNDH (Napoleon, Ohio):  Strawberries top Dirty Dozen List Again! 

That means they have the highest traces of pesticides. The Environmental Working Group does the work and figures out for us the pesticide residue levels based on samples from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture and the FDA.

WUSQ-FM Chris and Rosie (Shenandoah County, Va.): The Foods With The Least And Most Pesticides

Every year, the Environmental Working Group compiles an annual Shopper's Guide To Pesticides In Produce list of foods with the least and most pesticides and for 2021 (for the sixth year in a row), strawberries have the unflattering distinction of being the most likely to contain contaminated pesticide residues.

Scripps News Service - ABC Action News (Tampa Bay, Fl.): Strawberries, spinach and kale top list of produce with pesticide contamination

Nonprofit Environmental Working Group released its annual shopper's guide to pesticides in produce on Tuesday with strawberries, spinach and kale topping the "dirty dozen" list.

Nexstar Media Wire: WREG (Memphis, Tenn.): ‘Dirty Dozen’, ‘Clean Fifteen’ lists spotlight fruits, vegetables containing highest, lowest traces of pesticides

Spring means that dining on fresh fruits and vegetables is just around the corner. To ruin your excitement, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come out with their annual “Dirty Dozen” list of the top fruits and vegetables that contain the highest traces of pesticides.

HLN: Morning Express With Robin Meade

Strawberries remain at the top of the Environmental Working Group’s so-called Dirty Dozen list, they do this every year.

ABC 7 (Fort Myers, Fla.): Strawberries, spinach, kale make top of ‘dirty dozen’ produce list

The Environmental Working Group released its annual shoppers’ guide to pesticides in produce on Tuesday with strawberries, spinach and kale topping the list of the “dirty dozen.”

WHEC 10 (Rochester, N.Y.): Consumer Alert: May I have a side of pesticide with that strawberry? The EWG releases its Dirty Dozen List

That's why I pay close attention when the Environmental Working Group or EWG, comes up with its list of the dirty dozen, the foods most likely to be swimming in pesticide residue. The EWG’s list is always a bit disturbing. So prepare yourself.   

WPLG (Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.): The 2021 ‘Dirty Dozen’ is here: These 12 fruits and vegetables have an alarming amount of pesticide

The Environmental Working Group, again, released the annual list of fruits and vegetables with highest rates of pesticides. Topping the so called dirty dozens, strawberries, spinach, kale, collard greens and mustard greens as well nectarines olives and grapes, cherries, peaches, pears and tomatoes and celery rounding out the list.

WTKR (Norfolk, Va.): 'You can't afford not to eat well': Local expert's advice on building immunity

Organizations like the Environmental Working Group and Think Dirty track current products on the market. Regardless if you have an autoimmune disorder or not, she said there's always a different way to look at your health.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

Missoula Current: Land and water protection: Montana could play starring role in ’30 by 30' campaign

Tom Vilsack was recently confirmed as Biden’s Secretary of Agriculture, a role that he served for all eight years of the Obama administration. Vilsack’s nomination was opposed by progressive conservation groups including the Environmental Working Group and the Union of Concerned Scientists that are calling for reforms at the agency.

Cleaning Products

SF Gate: 13 natural cleaning products for every room in your house

The Environmental Working Group found that 53 percent of the products they assessed contained ingredients known to harm the lungs. So by choosing natural cleaning products (and reading their ingredient labels), you can find options that have plant-based ingredients and are non-toxic.

Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database

Good Morning America: 5 phenomenal fashion and beauty bosses who are breaking barriers and inspiring others

Each product is free of the "Toxic 20" (the twenty most questionable and harmful ingredients commonly used in skincare, according to the Environmental Working Group) and created alongside dermatologists who specialize in skin of color, Ford said.

EWG VERIFIED™: Cosmetics

Business Insider: We asked experts which exfoliators work best for every skin type — these are the 10 they recommend

The formula is clean (and verified by the Environmental Working Group), vegan, and the ingredients are responsibly sourced," says Ross.

Chicago Tribune: Best multi-use makeup products

W3LL PEOPLE Nudist Multi-Use Cream Stick: available at Ulta, Credo or AmazonAvailable in two shades, this hydrating, weightless formula can be blended onto eyes, lips or cheeks. W3LL PEOPLE products are cruelty-free and EWG-verified, meaning it meets stringent requirements for ingredient sourcing and product manufacturing.

The Hollywood Reporter: 12 Best Beauty Products from Celebrity Brands by Jennifer Lopez, Issa Rae and More

Actress and YouTube star Liza Koshy teamed with clean beauty label C'est Moi on One of One, a vegan range of multi-tasking skincare products that are Environmental Working Group-verified. The affordable brand's four-piece set is comprised of a balm cleanser, a balancing mist, a shimmering hydrafluid, and an exfoliating face mask.

Glyphosate in Cereal

Harlem World Magazine: EWG Finds Popular Cereals Still Contaminated By Glyphosate

Tests recently conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have found that 21 popular oat-based bowls of cereal contain traces of glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup.

Healthy Living Home Guide

Hello Giggles: How to Recycle Tricky Items Like Mattresses and Styrofoam, According to an Expert

According to The Mattress Recycling Council, Americans dispose of roughly 15 to 20 million mattresses every year. Plus, conventional mattresses contain synthetic fibers, foams, and hazardous flame retardant chemicals, which are hard to recycle and aren't biodegradable, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Reader’s Digest: Is Your Mattress Toxic? Here’s How to Find Out

“Most mattresses typically contain polyurethane foam, which is made from petroleum chemicals,” explains Tasha Stoiber, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG). “This foam can off-gas, or emit, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to health and have been linked to respiratory irritation and nervous system harm.”

PFAS

Philadelphia Inquirer: PFAS found in 72% of drinking-water samples in Philly’s suburbs

For residents, the Environmental Working Group lists several types of home filtration systems and says activated carbon is the cheapest but reduces only one type of PFAS. Reverse osmosis is more expensive but can completely eliminate the chemicals.

Men’s Health: The 8 Best Nonstick Cookware Sets for Healthy Cooking

But your old nonstick cookware isn’t necessarily the best choice for your health. Many contain PFAs, or chemicals used to make water and oil repellent coatings for consumer goods. According to the Environmental Working Group, “These chemicals are notoriously persistent in the environment and the human body, and some have been linked to serious health hazards,” such as liver damage, certain types of cancers, thyroid disease, infertility and high cholesterol. 

EWG Guide to Sunscreens

Romper: These Highly Rated Sunscreens Are Safe To Use While Pregnant & Beyond

Just to play it safe, all the sunscreens on this list are formulated with minerals like zinc oxide and titanium oxide, both of which have an excellent score from the Environmental Working Group and which are great choices for SPF during pregnancy and beyond. Choose one, apply it every two hours (or after sweating or swimming), and you're good to go.

Whole Foods Magazine: Summer Remedy Kit: Essentials Your Customers Will 

To help customers find the perfect chemical-free product for their needs (best for beach and sport; best kids; best moisturizing options) point them to EWG’s “Guide to Sunscreens” at www.ewg.org/sunscreen.

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