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Avoiding Organic Milk Pitfalls

This New York Times article brings the tips on what to watch out for when buying organic milk. For example, while organic means that the cows weren't fed synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics or...

Toxic Nation: Canadian BodyBurden

Environmental Defence Canada has released "Toxic Nation" the first Canadian BodyBurden study, with 11 participants tested for 88 chemicals, including PCBs, fire retardants, PFOS (a chemical in the...

Pollution Costs Montana in Kids' Health Care

The University of Montana has put out its annual Kids Count report for 2005, addressing child mortality, uninsurance rates, economic status and, for the first time, health care costs from...

EPA Slashes Cellulosic Biofuel Mandates. Again.

For the third consecutive year, the Environmental Protection Agency has drastically reduced cellulosic biofuel mandates, citing economic and technological hurdles. Even though industry officials...

Lunchroom Bullies

If you wanted an object lesson in how broken food politics are in America, you couldn't do better than to read how farm lobbyists, teamed up with big food companies and malleable friends in both...

By bubba_campbell | September 15, 2015

A 2015 national survey found that nearly nine out of ten Americans—regardless of age, race, gender, income and party affiliation—support GMO food labeling.

The Not So Secret Farm Bill

It's been two weeks since EWG president Ken Cook first sounded the alarm that a “secret” farm bill was in the works. He called out the industrial agriculture lobby and a handful of their powerful...

Secret Farm Bill Should Focus on Healthy Food and Jobs

A secret farm bill will leave out healthy food and hurt California. Nearly 70 environmental, public health, nutrition, food and farm groups – including EWG – are calling on California's congressional...

Leading Scientists Rely on and Back EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides

Chensheng (Alex) Lu, Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology at Harvard School of Public Health has advised parents and caregivers to use the Shopper's Guide to "keep nutritional foods...

Big Food Fights to Keep Kids Fat

Childhood obesity rates in the U.S. are at an all-time high, while the quality of our children's food has reached a new low.

Eating Less, Better Meat: Yes We Can

I'm a vegetarian. But my husband's not. And – go figure – my kids aren't either. Which is exactly why I care about the meat I buy.

Best Friends Forever? Produce Growers and Pesticide Makers Deepen their Bond

In nearly two decades of research and advocacy on pesticides and human health, Environmental Working Group has never before seen the produce industry take a high-profile role in debates over pesticide...

By bubba_campbell | September 15, 2015

In 2014, Vermont became the first state to pass a standalone mandatory GMO labeling law, which will go into effect July 2016. Connecticut and Maine have also passed GMO labeling laws that will go into effect once neighboring states pass similar laws. Over 30 states have introduced similar GMO labeling legislation in the past three years. In response to these state efforts, legislation intended to preempt mandatory labeling at the state and federal level – dubbed the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act - was passed by the House of Representatives in July 2015. Similar legislation was defeated in the Senate in March 2016. On July 7, 2016, the Senate passed compromise legislation introduced by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) that would preempt state labeling laws but create a national, mandatory GMO labeling standard for all GMO foods.

International Ag Policy Experts Talk Farm Subsidy Reform

Mexico and the United States have a lot more in common than a border. Their agricultural and rural policies have strikingly similar flaws–and present parallel opportunities for reform and...

"We've Made the Unhealthy Choice the Rational Choice"

A big reason that food products derived from corn are so pervasive in America's diet today is that for decades taxpayers have given corn growers incentives to grow as much as possible through the...

Taxpayers Fuel Rise of the Mega (Family) Farm

Discussions in Congress on reforming America's broken food and farm policy in the next farm bill have already begun. Lots of voices are chiming in from the pro-food and sustainable agriculture circles...

Chef Ann Cooper's School Salad Bar Salvo

In the months since we spoke with Chef Ann Cooper about her school lunch project, she's been crafting a new plan to get healthy foods into the mouths of America's kids.

Biomass Power Can't Get Its Story Straight

As AgMag noted the other day, Massachusetts has decided to rewrite its rules for renewable energy to exclude electric-only power plants that would burn biomass, often in the form of whole trees. Ian A...

Massachusetts Sees the Light on Biomass Power

In a sharp about-face, Massachusetts officials have decided that biomass-fueled, electric-only power plants do not qualify as renewable energy sources because of the growing awareness that these...

Huge Taxpayer Investment in Ethanol Yields Paltry Payoff

Between 2005 and 2009, U.S. taxpayers spent a whopping $17 billion to subsidize corn-ethanol blends in gasoline. What did they get in return? A reduction in overall oil consumption equal to an...

Peterson Sends Positive Signals on Farm Bill

For years the Environmental Working Group has advocated for a more rational farm policy that would provide a better safety net for more American farmers. We've done this while also seeking to promote...

Will Farm Subsidies be the Tea Partiers' Achilles' Heel?

It's too early to tell what the Tea Party movement's impact will be on the November elections, but there's no doubt that their noisy anti-big government message has barged into the nation's political...

Bacon, Cheese and Chicken, Please – Hold the Bun.

If you've ever wished that one day there would be a place where you could grab a bacon and cheese pileup with no veggies, smashed between slabs of fried chicken instead of buns, here's good news.

EWG To Monitor San Francisco Sludge Policy, Criticizes Unfounded Accusations Aimed At Vietor, Waters

The Environmental Working Group will join other watchdog groups in monitoring the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's (SFPUC) controversial management of sewage sludge. EWG President Ken Cook...