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Millions of people rely on EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce to reduce their exposure to toxic synthetic pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. The alternative is buy organic.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration failed to include oats and wheat products in its glyphosate testing program, leaving Americans largely in the dark about their exposure through food to the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.  

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

More than 50 city and county ordinances banning the use of the toxic weed killer glyphosate on local playgrounds, parks and school yards could be overturned by a provision championed by House Republicans in their version of the federal farm bill, an EWG analysis found.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The widespread use of the herbicide and probable carcinogen glyphosate in farms across the nation has made its presence on processed foods containing oats, beans, wheat and barley nearly ubiquitous.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Environmental Working Group is disappointed that General Mills and the Quaker Oats Company have brushed aside consumer health concerns raised by new research that found the cancer-causing weed killer glyphosate in Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oatmeal and Cheerios.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Monsanto’s Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG. These new findings come days after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup gave him  lymphom

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

In a scathing opinion, today a federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children.

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News Release
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Thanks to President Donald Trump, Americans’ confidence in the Environmental Protection Agency has never been lower.

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News and Analysis
Article
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The House farm bill includes several proposals that would roll back key pesticide protections, putting children, farmworkers, communities and even endangered species at risk.

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AgMag
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Friday, April 27, 2018

EWG's comments on the Environmental Protection Agency's Draft Risk Assessment for Glyphosate urge the agency to assess the full body of research indicating the Monsanto herbicide Roundup can increase the risk of cancer.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input on the health impacts of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The negative health and environmental impacts of pesticide use and exposure are well established: They range from increased cancer risk, to damage to children’s brains and nervous systems, to lower sperm counts, to acute effects like nausea, dizziness and vomiting.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

All adults and children should eat more fruits and vegetables, whether they are organic or conventionally grown. With EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, you can choose healthy produce while minimizing unwanted doses of multiple toxic pesticides.

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News Release
Thursday, March 29, 2018

One year ago today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt sided with the pesticide lobby over EPA scientists in an eleventh-hour decision to abort the agency's proposal to ban chlorpyrifos from use on food crops. Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide that can harm children's brains and nervous systems at small doses.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s latest blow to children’s health, the agency is shutting down a vital office that provides funding to scientists studying the impacts of toxic chemicals on kids.

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News Release
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In a major victory for public health, a judge has ordered the California Department of Food and Agriculture to stop spraying toxic pesticides – including on schools, parks and lawns and near organic farms – until the agency complies with state environmental laws.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Last week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency took steps that could lead to the repeal of health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides. But California is having none of it.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is taking steps that could lift health-protective safeguards designed to prevent teenage farmworkers from handling toxic pesticides.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

In his first year in office, President Trump has wreaked devastating damage on public health protections against hazardous chemicals

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

The federal Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, recently released test results that found the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in more than 300 food samples.

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News Release
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Five years is a long time in the life of a child – and for the child’s parents. Five years can be a period of profound change, growth and development. But if Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has his way, millions of American kids will continue to eat harmful amounts of at least two dangerous pesticides for at least that long.

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