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Interview: Lack of ‘conservation compliance’ highlights need for stricter federal oversight

Farmers are failing to comply with federal “conservation compliance” requirements designed to protect wetlands and soil, according to University of Iowa Associate Professor Silvia Secchi, who says the...

Study: Pesticides harm soil invertebrates but EPA fails to recognize impact

After reviewing hundreds of pesticide analyses, a recent study found that many pesticides approved for use in the U.S. and elsewhere are very damaging to soil invertebrates like earthworms, beetles...

Stay safe from toxic algae in water during Independence Day weekend

Extreme heat expected in many parts of the U.S. this Fourth of July weekend will likely bring millions of people to the beach, but an EWG analysis shows that recreation is not safe in or near all...

In Midwest farm states, nitrate pollution of tap water is more likely in lower-income communities

In three leading Midwestern agricultural states, communities whose drinking water is contaminated with nitrate are more likely to be lower income.

It’s already a big year for algae outbreaks

It is not even June, yet algae blooms are already erupting in lakes, rivers and streams across the United States.

Do farmers need more federal welfare?

Every year, the American Farm Bureau Federation and other Big Ag lobby groups demand more federal subsidies for farmers. Before that happens this year, with the farm economy white-hot, it’s time to...

Fungicides commonly found on citrus linked to breast cancer risk

Consumption of two fungicides found on nearly 90 percent of citrus samples tested by EWG, and of two other pesticides – widely used insecticides – may increase women’s risk of developing...

The EPA hasn’t banned this brain-damaging pesticide, so states are stepping up

Chlorpyrifos is the most widely used organophosphate pesticide in the U.S., with millions of pounds sprayed every year. Scientists have definitively linked it to severe brain damage in children and...

USDA Data: Nearly All Pandemic Bailout Funds Went to White Farmers

Nearly all of the billions of dollars in federal farm bailouts to offset the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic went to white farmers, newly revealed Department of Agriculture data show.

Timeline: Black Farmers and the USDA, 1920 to Present

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of discrimination against Black farmers.

What the Biden Administration Should Do To Protect Children From Toxic Pesticides

The administration of President Joe Biden has a mountain of work to do to reverse the damage done by the Trump administration. It should begin by taking swift action to ban and restrict the toxic...

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier Living

Are you looking to make a clean start to 2021? If you're ready to start living cleaner and healthier, EWG is here to help. Take a look at some of our top resolutions, with resources to help you stick...

Minnesota Legislator Who Believes ‘Water Cleans Itself’ Defends Potato Giant’s Irrigation Expansion in Fragile Pineland Sands

From November 2019 to February 2020, Minnesota environmental regulators met several times behind closed doors to fabricate a rationale for not holding the nation's largest potato grower accountable...

6 Ways the Biden Administration Should Protect Food and Farm Workers From Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic – worsened by the Trump administration's woefully anemic response – has taken the lives of more than 300 food and farm workers and sickened tens of thousands more, turning the...

Study: Nitrate in Wisconsin’s Drinking Water Linked to Cancer, Preterm Births and Up To $74 Million in Yearly Healthcare Costs

Nitrate contamination of drinking water in Wisconsin may cause nearly 300 cases a year of colorectal and other cancers and increase the risk of very premature births, very low birth weight and birth...

How Can the Biden Administration Fix America’s Broken Food System?

The staggering number of food and farm workers who have died from Covid-19 has laid bare the Trump administration's disastrous policies on food and farm issues.

Trump’s Ag Secretary Wants EU To Have Polluted Water, Too

President Donald Trump and his secretary of agriculture have a message for Europeans: We want you to drink polluted water too.

The End of Environmental Law as We Know It

The Senate will almost certainly vote next week to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Because of the way she sees the role of government, her confirmation could mark the end of...

Giant Potato Grower Threatens What’s Left of Our Land

The White Earth Reservation, in Minnesota, where I was born and live, was created in 1867 by a treaty between the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and the U.S. government. The original reservation...

Get Big or Get Out: How Trump’s Farm Bailouts Are Fueling Farm Consolidation

While visiting Wisconsin last year, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said farmers should “get big or get out.” The Trump administration's bailout program seems designed to do just that.

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