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Chemicals in Food

 

Foods can contain many harmful substances, including pesticides, unhealthy additives or contaminants. EWG is working to reduce the threat of toxic chemicals in food.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Environmental Working Group today published a new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives designed to help people figure out which additives to avoid and why.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

EWG scientists have concluded that consumers should shop vigilantly, choosing foods selectively to lower their chances of consuming excessive arsenic. That’s why EWG’s Food Score flags arsenic as a “concern” in rice-based products.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

EWG and 18,444 EWG supporters ask the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee to improve new draft advice on seafood consumption during pregnancy and childhood. 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, November 3, 2014

Food policy decisions pending before Congress and the Obama administration could set the table for decades of better eating – or more leftovers.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

So should consumers choose low-calorie sweeteners or should they opt for sugar?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Food industry lobbyists are none too pleased with EWG’s new scoring system for foods

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Natural flavor” is the fourth most common ingredient listed in EWG’s Food Scores, which rates more than 80,000 foods on their degree of nutrition, ingredient concerns and processing concerns. But what is “natural flavor” exactly? Are natural flavors really better than artificial flavors?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“Natural flavor” is the fourth most common ingredient listed in EWG’s Food Scores, which rates more than 80,000 foods on their degree of nutrition, ingredient concerns and processing concerns. But what is “natural flavor” exactly? Are natural flavors really better than artificial flavors?

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Today, Environmental Working Group released Food Scores: Rate Your Plate, an easy-to-use food database and mobile app that will house ratings and a vast array of other information for more than 80,000 foods from about 1,500 brands in a simple, searchable, online format.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

As EWG's Food Scores: Rate Your Plate reveals in detail, popular brands in many categories are not so much food as they are conveyances for excessive amounts of sugar, salt and preservatives.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

As EWG's Food Scores: Rate Your Plate reveals in detail, popular brands in many categories are not so much food as they are conveyances for excessive amounts of sugar, salt and preservatives.

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AgMag
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

EWG commends Whole Foods Market for launching a new program that will raise the bar for retailing responsibly grown produce and improve the health, safety and environmental impact of the fruits and vegetables the company sells.

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News Release
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Which fish are richest in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, lowest in mercury contamination and sustainably produced?

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Monday, August 18, 2014

A New York Times article last week (Aug. 11) explained the problem of “superweeds” but failed to connect the dots between increasing use of the toxic defoliant known as 2,4-D and the serious health risks linked to exposure, which include Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and thyroid and reproductive problems.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prominent doctors, scientists and business leaders today urged Congress to pressure the Obama administration to reject an application to market “Enlist DuoTM,” a new toxic herbicide mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate. 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just when you thought that phthalates, chemicals added to plastics to make them more flexible, were off your radar, think again.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A new study led by a team of scientists at Newcastle University in England provides the most compelling and comprehensive evidence that organic crops are more nutritious than their conventional counterparts, Environmental Working Group said in a statement today.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops have higher concentrations of antioxidants, lower levels of cadmium and nitrates and fewer pesticide residues than non-organic crops.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New seafood consumption guidelines announced today by the federal Food and Drug Administration could put at risk the health of young children and pregnant and nursing women, according to Environmental Working Group senior analyst Sonya Lunder.

 

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency appears poised to approve Dow Chemical’s bid to market a new toxic weed killer based on an agency analysis that failed to consider its danger to children’s health, as federal law requires.

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