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Chemicals in our food may be contributing to weight gain

It’s no secret rates of overweight, obesity and other metabolic diseases are skyrocketing. And food is a big part of the problem, though not in the way you might think. It isn’t just how many calories...

Bee-killing 'neonic' pesticides may also harm children’s health

Commonly referred to as neonics, neonicotinoids are insecticides frequently used as a seed-coating treatment for corn and soybeans and applied to a variety of fruits and vegetables. Their use in the U...

Produce industry picks wrong side by fighting EPA ban of brain-damaging pesticide

The nation’s non-organic fruit and vegetable growers are throwing their weight behind efforts to undo the Environmental Protection Agency’s ban on spraying produce with a pesticide known to harm to...

Why does EWG release its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ each year?

With its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, released almost every year since 2004, EWG’s goal is to educate the public about pesticides on popular fruits and vegetables so consumers can make...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

7 Ways Children Will Be Healthier Under the Biden Administration

The Trump administration's assault on science has been a disaster for children, according to a report in February from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Now the election of Joe Biden and Kamala...

Tips for a Healthy and Safe July Fourth Holiday

This July Fourth weekend, be responsible and respect local public health ordinances and social distancing guidelines. Whether you're planning to stay at home to grill in your backyard, or heading to...

EWG Sends Open Letter to Produce Industry: Do More to Protect Consumers and Farmworkers from Pathogens and Pesticides

During this time of the coronavirus crisis, the Environmental Working Group stands firmly in defense of food safety for all Americans. From the day EWG was founded, we have advocated for everyone to...

California Continues Its Leadership in Protecting Kids From Environmental Hazards

October was Children's Environmental Health Month in California, a designation made by state legislators to raise awareness about the importance of cleaner air and water, safer food and healthier...

10 Ways Trump Has Undermined Chemical Safety

President Trump toured a Shell chemical plant in Pennsylvania Tuesday, supposedly to promote his economic agenda. According to reports, he went off script quite a bit – but one thing he definitely...

Court Docs: Monsanto Paid Chemical Industry Front Group To Claim Cancer-Causing Weedkiller ‘Safe’ and Attack Its Critics

Monsanto paid a shadowy chemical industry front group to help push back against the mounting scientific evidence that the company's signature Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, court documents reveal.

Glyphosate Contamination in Food Goes Far Beyond Oat Products

Seems like every time a government agency or public interest group tests food for Monsanto's weedkiller glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer, they find it.

San Francisco Tap Water Tests: Pesticides Not Detected

Much of EWG's work means warning you about potentially harmful chemicals in your water, food or consumer products. So we're glad to report some good news: Recent tests of San Francisco tap water...

Agriculture Is the Most Dangerous Industry for Child Workers – and the Trump Administration Is Making It Worse

Far more American children die working in agriculture than in any other industry, and thousands more are injured while working on farms, according to a recent little-noticed report by the...

Cities Oppose House Scheme To Block Local Pesticide Controls

Cities across the nation are fighting a provision in the House of Representatives' version of the federal farm bill that would block cities, counties and school districts from restricting the use of...

Eating an Organic Diet May Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Frequently eating a variety of organic foods may significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer, according to a groundbreaking study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association...

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