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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

EWG called out the big food lobbying group, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), for dropping an additional $5 million into a campaign to defeat a popular Washington state referendum initiative to label genetically engineered food.

Monday, September 30, 2013

EWG’s Mike Lavender writes on the programs that will be impacted when the farm bill expires at midnight tonight, and what a good extension would include.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The popular blog BuzzFeed analyzed last weeks House vote to cut SNAP by nearly $40 billion over the next 10 years.  Using data from EWG, they highlighted the members of Congress who voted in favor of the draconian cuts but receive generous farm subsidies.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin calls out the lawmakers who voted in favor of the $40 billion cut to SNAP yesterday (Sept. 19) that “represent” some of the poorest- and SNAP dependent- counties in the country.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly voted to cut SNAP by $40 billion. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

study released by the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) demonstrates the alarming rate at which non-cropland was converted to cropland between 2011 and 2012. The study echoes findings from EWG’s Going, Going, Gone! and Plowed Under reports.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chef Tom Colicchio, several members of Congress and other leading anti-hunger advocates will hold a press conference this afternoon blasting House Republicans for backing $40 billion in cuts to vital federal nutrition programs.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients will not increase food prices at the supermarket, according to an independent study released today by the national Just Label It campaign.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

An analysis released today by EWG found that residents of America’s 54 largest cities collected more than $24 million in Direct Payment farm subsidies in 2012.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

EWG’s Soren Rundquist blogs on the newly released report, Going, Going, Gone!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A new analysis released by Environmental Working Group shows that 1.9 million acres of wetlands and nearby habitat, and 5.3 million acres of highly erodible land were plowed up in the United States between 2008 and 2012 to grow row crops.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

EWG’s Jason Rano writes about Rep. Stephen Fincher’s (R-Tenn.) latest claim about his support for ending direct payments- and how Fincher might just want to keep his mouth closed at this point.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The federal requirement to blend corn ethanol into gasoline is polluting America’s air and water, contributing to climate change, hurting consumers and hindering the development of cleaner biofuels, Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs, told a Congressional panel today.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) office released a report yesterday that takes a closer look at the 14 Members of Congress who receive federal farm subsidies.  The members in question all voted to increase the subsidy support they benefit from while failing to renew nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The New York Times continues the cover the ever-expensive farm bill- and calls out the conservative majority in the House for passing a bill that seemingly does nothing but dole out more money in farm subsidies.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The National Journal takes a look at why Republicans appear to be so happy about passing a farm-only farm bill that the country’s most conservative organizations and powerful farm lobby groups opposed.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

EWG’s Jason Rano examines the “fiscal conservative” members of the House who flip-flopped their votes on final passage of the farm bill- voting against it in June, and in favor the costly “farm only” portion of the bill last week.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

EWG’s Scott Faber wrote a piece for Politico in which he outlines why the House passed “farm-only” farm bill, is the worst farm bill.  Ever.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

An article by Bill Berry for The Cap Times examines the impact heavy rains have had on Midwest’s water quality and agriculture production this spring, using EWG’s research to make the case for conservation compliance.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The House should overwhelmingly reject the terrible “farm-only” farm bill being considered this morning. It’s bad enough that the bill fails to renew programs that help feed more than 47 million Americans, including millions of children, veterans and senior citizens. Here are ten more reasons to reject this bill. It: