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.
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.Read More
Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield joined members of Congress and pro-GE labeling advocacy groups on Capitol Hill today to protest a House bill that would deny Americans the right to know about genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in their food.Read More
The 32 countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ are all required to play by the same rules on the soccer field, but off the field they subscribe to different sets of rules when it comes to labeling genetically engineered foods.Read More
More than 500,000 people have submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging it to reject an application to market a new toxic herbicide called Enlist Duo, a mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate.Read More
There are 5,532 American schools within 200 feet of farm fields that may soon be blanketed with massive amounts of a toxic defoliant linked to Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and reproductive and immune system problems.Read More
If every American simply switched from beef to chicken, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 137 million metric tons of carbon — or as much as taking 26 million cars off the road.
That’s because beef produces eight times as much greenhouse gases as chicken (and 20 times as much as vegetable proteins like beans).Read More
Comments from Environmental Working Group on the Food and Drug Administration proposed revisions to the Nutrition Facts labelRead More
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Food fortification began decades ago as an effort to reduce the risk of having insufficient vitamins and minerals in Americans’ diet, but it has become a marketing tool that could be downright risky to health because of needless consumption of fortified nutrients.Read More
Earlier this month the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released updated consumer guidelines on fish consumption. The two agencies said that because of the important developmental and health benefits, pregnant and breastfeeding women, those who might become pregnant and young children should eat 8-to-12 ounces (2-3 servings) a week of fish varieties that have lower levels of mercury contamination.Read More
You want your kids to get the nutrients they need to grow up healthy and happy.
The best way is to feed them plenty of fruits and vegetables and a diet rich in whole foods. But what about all the processed products that are fortified with lots of added vitamins and minerals? Should parents seek them out because of all of the extra nutrients they offer? Or might there be a hidden downside? These are the questions that EWG explores in its latest report, “Too Much of A Good Thing.”
Nearly half of American kids age eight and younger consume potentially harmful amounts of vitamin A, zinc and niacin because of excessive food fortification, outdated nutritional labeling rules and misleading marketing tactics used by manufacturers, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group, a national environmental health research and advocacy organization.Read More
The School Nutrition Association, which has allied itself with big food companies in an effort to weaken a four-year old federal law requiring healthier school lunches, has suffered the latest in series of embarrassing defections by prominent members and former leaders.Read More
More than 200 national, state and local organizations and dozens of health professionals signed onto a letter declaring their support for an amendment proposed by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) to protect federal school nutrition standards. Farr’s proposal aims to fend off efforts to weaken those standards when Congress votes on the upcoming agriculture appropriations bill.Read More
Corn is in the food we eat, the soda we drink, the gas we buy, plastics, cleaners – it’s everywhere.
Producing all that corn is a $1.7 trillion industry in the United States, and as a new report documents, it’s one that takes a tremendous toll on the environment and is under threat from water shortages and climate change. But federal policies continue to encourage corn growers and corn-based industries to stay on an unsustainable course.Read More
In the ongoing campaign to get Congress to weaken federal requirements for healthier school lunches and snacks, the School Nutrition Association is trying to create the impression that it speaks for the nation’s “lunch ladies,” the hundreds of thousands of women and men who prepare and serve food to children in schools.Read More
When people think about the causes of global warming, the food they eat typically doesn’t make the short list. But agriculture is responsible for 80 percent of human-caused emissions of nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
And now a new study by researchers at Michigan State University shows that using more fertilizers than crops need is even more harmful to the climate than previous estimates indicated.Read More
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.
School lunch ladies and frozen pizza and french fry companies have more in common than the food they serve: they have also been represented by the same lobbyists.Read More