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‘Let’s Just Ban the Damn Ingredient’: Inside FDA Scientists’ Failed Attempt To Ban Formaldehyde in Hair Treatments

As reported by The New York Times today, newly released emails show that in 2015 and 2016, Food and Drug Administration scientists urged the agency to ban toxic formaldehyde in hair-smoothing products...

Timeline: The FDA’s Failure to Regulate ‘Brazilian Blowout’ Hair Treatments

For more than a decade, the Food and Drug Administration and the cosmetics industry have known that keratin hair-smoothing treatments – commonly called “Brazilian blowout” treatments – release unsafe...

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...

As Algae Season Ends, the Toll: More Than 400 Outbreaks in 2020

The end of summer marks the unofficial end of the algae outbreak season. Warmer states like California and Florida see outbreaks fouling lakes, rivers and other bodies of water year-round, but for...

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...

5 Things To Avoid in Your Personal Care Products If You’re Pregnant or Trying To Get Pregnant

If you're pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, it's likely you're considering how to limit your exposure to toxic chemicals. After all, you no longer have just your health to think about, you also...

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.

EWG News Roundup (10/9): Nitrate Contaminates Water in California’s Majority-Latino Communities, Members of Congress Rake in Farm Subsidies and More

This week EWG released an analysis showing that in California's majority-Latino communities, 5.25 million people drink tap water contaminated with nitrate at levels at or above the federal limit.

Members of Congress Got Nearly $16 Million in Farm Subsidies and Trade War Bailout

Thirty-three members of Congress and their immediate family members collected a total of nearly $16 million in federal farm subsidies between 1995 and 2020, according to updated data from EWG's Farm...

More New Hunger Than Hoover? Trump’s Catastrophic Response to Covid-19 Fuels Hunger Crisis

More than 22 million American households now qualify for federal food assistance, according to the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service ­– an increase of almost 3.4 million...

EWG News Roundup (10/2): California Cosmetics Bill Signed Into Law, Algae Beach Closures and More

EWG News Roundup (10/2): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

Links Between Foods and Cancer Hallmarks

Maintaining a variety of healthy foods in our diets is likely more important for reducing cancer risks than focusing on any individual nutrient or food.

Nutrition Calculator for Cancer Prevention

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of cancer. See how your diet stacks up.

Bioavailability

Just because you're eating a food doesn't necessarily mean you're taking full advantage of its nutritional properties.

Seven Months Into Pandemic, Most States Still Don’t Require Farmworker Protections

Seven months into the Covid-19 pandemic, most states still have not issued mandatory protections for farmworkers, even as cases continue to rise, according to an updated EWG analysis of state...

EWG News Roundup (9/25): EWG Calls for CDC Director To Resign, Farmer Bailout and Covid-19 Payments Flowing to Rich Farmers and More

EWG News Roundup (9/25): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

Study: More Than 125,000 Farmworkers Have Contracted Covid-19

The Covid-19 virus has infected more than 125,000 U.S. farmworkers, according to the latest estimates in an ongoing study by Purdue University.

New USDA Records Show Trade Bailout and Coronavirus Payments Went to the Largest Farms

The largest and wealthiest U.S. farm businesses received the biggest share of almost $33 billion in payments from two subsidy programs – one created by the Trump administration to respond to the...

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe for Your Child?

It's no secret that children love sweets – and that parents often try to limit the sugary treats their kids consume, because of the range of health concerns, not to mention dental bills, associated...

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