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Food should be good for you. But some foods aren’t. Pesticides are sprayed on millions of acres every year and some of them end up on your food. Our broken farm subsidy system encourages over production of the wrong food. EWG is pushing for better policy and more sustainable ways of farming that produce healthy food in a healthy environment. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

New research based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals. EWG’s report supplements a new peer-reviewed study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, which shows some of the test samples contained traces of a notorious and now-banned chemical formerly used to make DuPont's Teflon.
 

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News Release
Friday, January 20, 2017

Now that President Donald Trump has been sworn in, the focus can now shift fully to his incoming cabinet and first presidential actions.

Here are several of this week’s deep dives into the new president’s picks to run the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture, and what to expect in his first weeks in power.

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Some pregnant women who follow the new U.S. fish advice will be exposed to far too much mercury, say scientists and advocates. They maintain that the outdated science used for developing the guidelines is dangerously out of step with the latest peer-reviewed science.
 

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News Release
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Media reports indicate President-elect Donald Trump has tapped former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as his nominee for Secretary of Agriculture. 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – Scott Pruitt, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the most hostile Environmental Protection Agency administrator in the history of the agency, and would almost certainly push policies that would imperil public health and the environment, said EWG co-founder and president Ken Cook, urging the Senate to reject his nomination.

 

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Friday, January 13, 2017

With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration only a week from today, questions on what environmental policies he will put in place during his first 100 days in office, as well as who he will pick to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture – the final untapped Cabinet appointment – linger.

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Last fall, an EWG investigation debunked the agriculture industry’s claims that American farms “feed the world.” In fact, fewer than 1 percent of U.S. exports go toward feeding the hungriest nations.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Friday, January 6, 2017

With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration coming in just two weeks, the final touches of the transition are being put in place. The Agriculture Secretary remains one of the very few slots left to be filled – with much hubbub around whom it may be.

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Friday, December 16, 2016

Some of the biggest news to come out of EWG since its inception more than 22 years ago happened this week, and it wasn’t a consumer guide or big policy win. Golden Globe winner, three-time Academy Award nominee and longtime EWG supporter Michelle Pfeiffer joined our board of directors.

 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Golden Globe Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominated actress Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the board of directors at EWG. She brings not only enormous influence, but also a longstanding commitment to environmental health to the group’s governing body.

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News Release
Friday, December 9, 2016

With its back up against the wall, U.S. agribusiness is making a last-ditch effort to keep its grip on a pesticide used on fruits and veggies, which is so nasty even the smallest amounts lower kids’ IQs, cause arm tremors in children, and physically adjust parts of the brain that control language, memory, behavior and emotion.

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Monday, December 5, 2016

A bit of good news for seafood lovers: Scientists at Stony Brook University recently reported a notable drop in mercury concentrations in bluefin tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine over the past decade.
 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, December 2, 2016

Heading into the holiday season, there was some good news out of the EPA. The agency listed the first batch of toxic chemicals it will tackle, which includes asbestos. Also this week, EWG took part in a forum to discuss how Congress and the Trump administration will shape the next farm bill.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In recent years, important bipartisan progress has been made to food policy, including new food safety laws, new rules and incentives for healthier packaged foods, increased access to healthier foods, new rules to require healthier food in schools, and efforts to make food labels more transparent.

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AgMag
Blog Post
Monday, November 28, 2016

Can we reform farm policies to support healthier diets? The Washington Post’s food writer Tamar Haspel discounts the role that subsidies can play in the choices farmers make, noting that subsidies flow to some barley and lentil farmers, as well as corn and soybean farmers.

 

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AgMag
Blog Post
Monday, November 28, 2016

One of the leading candidates for Secretary of Agriculture says bringing deep-fat fryers back to our schools isn’t about french fries.

It’s about freedom.

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Friday, November 18, 2016

At EWG we’re fans of swamps.

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Friday, November 18, 2016

When Sid Miller took office as Texas’ Agriculture Commissioner last year, his first action was to “grant amnesty” to cupcakes and other sweets sold in his state’s schools.

 

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Planet Trump
Blog Post
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

When Americans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, we may not agree on the outcome of the election. But we all agree that the food being served should be safe, healthy and clearly labeled. If we’re giving thanks in a restaurant, we will want calorie information on the menu and to know that the people preparing and serving their meals are paid a decent wage. And regardless of where we gather, we will want to be sure that their neighbors have enough to eat
 

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AgMag
Blog Post
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Americans didn't only vote for president and other elected officials last week.

Through state and local ballot measures, advocates scored impressive wins on nutrition, animal protection and farm regulation. Numerous states passed minimum wage increases that will be especially important for food system workers.

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