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Let states and communities protect their citizens from pesticides

Pesticide makers could undermine state and local governments’ right to adopt rules that protect communities from exposure to toxic crop chemicals, if some members of Congress get their way. They’re...

EWG finds little-known toxic chemical in four out of five people tested

A new EWG peer-reviewed study has found chlormequat, a little-known pesticide, in four out of five, or 80 percent, people tested. The groundbreaking analysis of chlormequat in the bodies of people in...

It’s time to ban paraquat

The Environmental Protection Agency must ban the toxic weedkiller paraquat – a step over than 60 other countries have taken because of its threats to human health. Paraquat has been linked to...

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...

EWG: Schools near pesticide spray zones could lose health protections

Thousands of schools are located near farms across the U.S. where pesticide may be sprayed, , an EWG analysis finds. But some members of Congress want to block state and local safeguards that protect...

Yet another pollinator, the monarch butterfly, is being threatened by toxic pesticides

The Eastern migratory monarch, the pretty orange and black butterfly that migrates through your garden come springtime and helps pollinate your flowers, is a welcome sight. But it’s facing serious...

Chlormequat: What you need to know about this problematic pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency could soon allow chlormequat, a pesticide that may harm children’s health, on non-organic wheat and oats used to make hundreds of popular food products. Here’s what...

Going, going, gone? EWG finds glyphosate levels drop in oat-based products

When it comes to a harmful pesticide in your cereal or oatmeal, do you want the good or bad news first?

Setting the record straight on EWG’s funding and Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

In what has become an annual ritual, in recent weeks the 2023 EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™has been the target of attacks on social media by uninformed people and groups. We trust our...

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...

How to protect kids during the EPA’s Children’s Health Month

The Environmental Protection Agency is celebrating national Children’s Health Month, with tips for shielding kids from potential health harms caused by lead contamination, pesticides on produce and...

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...

Getting started on your plant-powered kitchen

I hope you’ve garnered enough information from my alternative protein musings that you want to try doing things a little differently. Reshaping what and how you eat is a process, and it’s the small...

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...

Pesticide peril: Toxic threats to farmworkers and families in Ventura County

A toxic threat is facing many parts of California’s Ventura County, where everyone from farmworkers to families could be at risk from increased exposure to harmful pesticides.

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.

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...

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...
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