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Pervasive phthalates: New study links child exposure to cancer

Exposure to phthalates is widespread in the U.S., with more than three in four adults having detectable levels of the chemicals in their urine. And now a new study suggests an association between...

Lose the lilial: European Union ban shows risks of chemical in cosmetics

The European Union’s ban on lilial as an ingredient in cosmetics recently took effect, serving as a timely reminder of the need to end use of the chemical in U.S. personal care products.

EPA data show almost 900 ‘forever chemical’ foam releases, many into local waterways

Data newly released by the Environmental Protection Agency show almost 900 spills or uses of firefighting foam made with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS across the U.S. and the amount that...

For decades, the FDA knew ‘forever chemicals’ were harmful but failed to act

The Food and Drug Administration has understood since 1966 that the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS could increase cholesterol and cause liver lesions, E&E reported today.

Why is cancer-causing benzene widespread in personal care products?

Benzene is a sweet-smelling, petroleum-derived toxic chemical classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a known human carcinogen – and now it’s being detected in many personal care products...

What is chromium-6? Here’s what you need to know

Hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, is the cancer-causing chemical that poisoned the community of Hinkley, Calif., made notorious by the 2000 film “Erin Brockovich.”

Why is EWG talking about plant-based foods and the climate crisis?

It’s no secret we’re living through a period of unprecedented and catastrophic climate change, and every day serious problems from the crisis become more apparent.

The vital nutrition facts you’re missing when buying groceries online

When you’re shopping for groceries online, you’re likely missing out on vital nutritional information. That’s because the law requiring these facts to be printed on food product labels is a few...

Flush with cash, farmers ask Congress for even more money

Farmers are flush with cash, as exports soar, income and profits reach record highs, and subsidies hit historic levels. And now crop groups are asking Congress for even more money.

USDA livestock subsidies near $50 billion, EWG analysis finds

The Department of Agriculture has spent almost $50 billion in subsidies for livestock operators since 1995, according to an EWG analysis.

Our beef with Big Beef’s bad math

During a recent hearing on Capitol Hill, lobbyists for the beef industry claimed the greenhouse gas emissions caused by beef production are simply too small to matter in fighting the climate crisis.

On Valentine’s Day, end your toxic relationship with chemicals in candy

Valentine’s Day is approaching, when kids will exchange treats in class and many of us will give each other food and gifts. This February 14, consider ending your toxic relationship with some...

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.

Fiberglass: A new hidden hazard in mattresses

Fiberglass is now being used as a replacement for harmful chemical flame retardants in some mattresses, according to a new study. But it can also pose its own risks.

Almost 250 DOD sites have detectable levels of ‘forever chemical’ PFHxS

A toxic “forever chemical” detected in the blood of West Virginia residents is also commonly found in the groundwater or drinking water or both of almost 250 Department of Defense sites.

Does cell phone radiation affect men’s fertility?

Cell phone use – and exposure to radiofrequency radiation – can harm male fertility, according to a new study.

New tests find toxic 'forever chemicals' in bedding, yoga pants and other textiles

Two new reports find detectable levels of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in consumer textile products like bedding, tablecloths and sportswear.

‘Low carbon’ beef: As nonsensical as ‘low cancer’ cigarettes

The Department of Agriculture has approved a label designating “low carbon” beef, a statement as nonsensical as the Food and Drug Administration calling a cigarette “low cancer.”

Is your CBD latte safe? Don’t ask the FDA

The use of cannabidiol, or CBD, in food and drink has exploded since Congress legalized hemp production and delisted CBD as a controlled substance, in 2018. Today it’s added to lattes, tea, kombucha...

Should Secretary Vilsack speak to the Farm Bureau?

You might be surprised to find out a member of President Biden’s cabinet was addressing an organization that opposes gay marriage, supports making English our official language, opposes the removal of...

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