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Flushing Unwanted Meds No Longer The Conventional Wisdom

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, surveys last year in the Bay area found detecable levels of ibuprofen, DEET and other chemicals, Prozac, and a handful of antibiotics in streams and rivers.

Farmers want conservation programs & an end to payment limit abuse

Today Michelle Perez, Senior Analyst for Agriculture & Natural Resources at EWG, enlightens us about the results and implications of the survey The 2007 Farm Bill: U.S. producer preferences for...

Client List for SI

A 2006 client list for Sciences International, the consulting firm that is running CERHR. Read it and you will notice that it is essentially a who's who of the chemical industry (and their trade...

Fix the Broken Biofuels Mandate

It's time to face facts: the biofuels mandate Congress established in 2005 is creating too much bad biofuel and not enough good biofuel. This year, that mandate requires American refiners to use 13.8...

Butch, Sundance & BPA

You remember the final scene: Butch and Sundance, hopelessly cornered and surrounded by the Bolivian army, are stubbornly confident that they'll escape to make their way to sanctuary in Australia. It...

Fracking in or near your backyard

The film “Promised Land,” now showing in theaters across the country, plays off the intense national conversation about the relatively new natural gas drilling technology called high volume horizontal...

American Clean Energy Agenda: Let’s Move Beyond Business as Usual

As we welcome a new U.S. Secretary of Energy, we want followers of Enviroblog to know more about EWG's partnership with the Civil Society Institute and our work in the energy field, especially when it...

Why EWG Opposes the Chemical Safety Improvement Act

In a blog posted yesterday (June 5), Richard Denison, senior scientist at EDF, sought to explain why his organization supported the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013, introduced May 22 by the...


The Downfall of Direct Payments

Starting in the 1930s, U.S. farm programs focused on reducing crop surpluses and sending checks to farmers when crop prices fell.

What the Chemical Lobby Wants

Let's call it like it is. The Chemical Safety Improvement Act, introduced in the Senate two weeks ago, is no “bipartisan breakthrough,” as some have heralded it.


America’s Nitrate Habit Is Costly and Dangerous

America has a serious problem with nitrate contamination of drinking water – and it is most severe in the small communities that can least afford to fix it.

Meet the New Dust Bowl, Same as the Old Dust Bowl

The opening episode of the 4-hour epic that premieres on PBS on November 18 goes right to the cause of the problem. In a short time, farmers converted an area twice the size of New Jersey and...

Tobacco Subsidies are Smoking Gun

Arizona Sen. John McCain ignited an historic debate over crop insurance yesterday when he offered an amendment to the farm bill that would end insurance subsidies to tobacco farmers.

The Path to a Better Farm Bill

House leaders got a lot of grief for the failure of the farm bill. And, now they are getting a lot of grief for proposing to divide the bill into two bills.

Fact Checking Fincher

During a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources this week, Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) once again declared that “direct payments” would end under the farm bill being considered by the...

Top Ten Reasons the Farm Bill Failed

No one should be surprised that the full House of Representatives thoroughly rejected the bloated and divisive farm bill (H.R. 1947) produced by the Agriculture Committee. Here's why:

Fincher’s Farm Bill

There's only one name that suits the farm bill that will be debated on the floor of the House today: Fincher's Farm Bill.

What to Expect when Expecting – A Farm Bill

No one expected the House Agriculture Committee to produce a farm bill that protects taxpayers, supports family farmers, rewards stewards of the land and feeds the hungry.

Crop Insurance Lobby Is Making Nonsensical Claims

There's a lot of nonsense being circulated as the full Senate debates the farm bill and members finally bring up amendments to make common sense reforms to the federal crop insurance program.

Common-Sense Reforms Will Strengthen, Not Weaken, Crop Insurance

Opponents of crop insurance reform contend that common-sense reform designed to level the playing field for family farmers and protect taxpayers and the environment will “weaken” the farm safety net.


The High Cost of Algae Blooms in U.S. Waters

Communities across the United States have spent more than $1 billion since 2010 dealing with outbreaks of potentially toxic algae in lakes, rivers, bays and drinking water supplies, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

Cut Crop Insurance, Not Conservation and Nutrition

This ought to be simple. While farm income is at record levels, 47 million Americans are struggling with hunger and millions of acres of wetland and prairie are being lost forever.

Conservation Success Story: The Ingram Farm

A smart man learns from his mistakes, Terry Ingram likes to say, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.

Taxpayers Get Soaked to Prop Up Farm Income

Federally subsidized crop insurance is now the most expensive program supporting farm income, so it's no surprise that it will be at the center of the Senate Agriculture Committee's deliberations on...