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Parkinson's and Pesticides

Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook often points out that many pesticides that were once liberally sprayed on food crops and considered perfectly safe turn out to be anything but - after...


Pesticides in Baby Food

To determine the extent of pesticide contamination of baby food, we tested eight foods (applesauce, garden vegetables or pea and carrot blend, green beans, peaches, pears, plums, squash and sweet potatoes) made by the three major baby food producers that account for 96 percent of all baby food sales -- Gerber, Heinz, and Beech-Nut. All samples were purchased at retail from grocery stores in three

Pesticides in Farmworkers' Children

Environmental Science and Technology reports on a study finding high levels of pesticides in the children of immigrant farmworkers. Of the farmworkers studied, researchers found that "40% of the...

Shopper's Guide to Pesticides

Well, as we do each year, EWG released (on June 19) the latest Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce and as we suspected, eaters around the country are still concerned about high levels of toxic...

The Nation's New Pesticide Law

On August 3,1996, President Clinton signed the Food Quality Protection Act,fundamen tally improving the way that pesticides are regulated in food. The bill passed the House of Representatives on July 23, 1996, by a vote of 417 - 0. It cleared the Senate on July 24, 1996, by unanimous consent.

EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed to grant three environmental groups' petition to end the use of sulfuryl fluoride, an insecticide and food fumigant manufactured by Dow...

N.C. Pesticide Laws Lack Teeth

Tomato giant Ag-Mart couldn't be in bigger trouble in North Carolina for alleged pesticide violations that may have caused birth defects in three field workers' children, but the state ag department...

Shoppers have a problem with pesticides

If the thought of eating weed-killer with your watermelon makes your cringe, you're not alone. Nearly 60 percent of Americans prefer organic over conventional foods.

EWG comments to California Department of Pesticide Regulation on the development of a statewide pesticide notification system.

The Environmental Working Group submitted comments to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in support of the development of a statewide pesticide notification system. EWG emphasized that...

Hold the Mayo, Extra Pesticides

Over the past decade, organic produce sales have soared from 3 percent of the retail produce market in the U.S. in 2000 to nearly 11 percent last year, to $9.5 billion. According to surveys by the...

Pesticide Drift Ruins Farms

The problem of drift could worsen if the Environmental Protection Agency approves Dow AgroSciences's new weed killer, Enlist Duo, which contains 2,4-D and glyphosate.

Kids Are on the Frontline of Pesticide Exposure

Dozens of independent studies show that pesticides do profound damage to children's health, according to a report released this week (May 10) by the non-profit Pesticide Action Network.

Farm Pesticide Use on Rise

Five years after the Clinton Administration promised a bold initiative to reduce pesticide use and make children's health the top priority in federal pesticide regulation, the government has done...

Federal grants to promote pesticides? Oh, my.

More than 50 organizations concerned about the risks of pesticides to human health and the environment have joined forces to fight California officials' award of a $180,000 taxpayer-funded grant to a...

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Diminished IQ

Arriving at stunningly similar conclusions, a trifecta of studies published today (April 21) have each shown a connection between prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides and diminished IQs in...
Consumer Guides

EWG's Tips for Avoiding Pesticides

Pesticides are chemicals designed to kill living organisms that are considered pests, including insects, weeds and mold. Even after washing fruits and vegetables, pesticide residues remain on produce. Research shows that certain pesticides used on American produce are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and cognitive and behavioral problems. To find out more about how pesticides affect you and

Calif. Wal-Marts Suspected of Illegal Pesticide Sales

Wal-Mart's 153 California stores are in danger of an audit from the state Department of Pesticide Regulation for selling home and lawn pesticides not approved for use in the state.

'CHEERS' Children and Pesticides Debate Widens to Congress

The Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study, or CHEERS study would measure pesticide and chemical levels in 60 Florida children who would be selected for the study based on heavy pesticide...

Elementary School Students At Increased Pesticide Risk

EWG has determined that 487 elementary schools across America are within 200 feet of a corn or soybean field. This finding is alarming because young children are especially vulnerable to the toxic...

Bed Bugs? Chemical Pesticides Aren’t the Answer

The fact is that not only can chemical pesticides harm kids, both during and after application, but they're also not the best answer to bed bug infestation.

Deal Reached to Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide in California

In a major move to protect California children, farm workers and their families, the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today it has reached an agreement with the pesticide industry to ban...

Nation's Pediatricians Warn Against Pesticides in Food

The American Academy of Pediatrics has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a policy statement that calls on the government, schools, parents and medical professionals to take concerted action to...
Consumer Guides

EWG's 2023 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

75 percent of non-organic fruits and vegetables sold in the U.S. are still riddled with the potentially toxic agricultural chemicals, according to the EWG’s 2023 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™.

Peach & Pesticide Pie: a summer favorite?

Late summer produce harvest season is in full swing. Nothing should stand between you and all the peaches, berries, and tomatoes you can eat.