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.
As Congress gets to work again in 2013 on renewing the farm bill, it has the opportunity to do more to support family farmers, protect the environment and encourage healthy diets, while ending wasteful and unnecessary subsidy payments that flow to profitable growers and the crop insurance industry. Here is the farm bill platform EWG announced early in 2013.Read More
For too long, funding provided by the United States’ most far-reaching food and farm legislation -- the farm bill -- has primarily benefited agri-business and industrial-scale commodity farms that aren’t growing food.Read More
If Americans knew exactly how much added sugar came with the food and beverages they and their families consume, many might make different choices.Read More
Tell USDA to stand by its pesticide data program. It's the time of year when the U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to release its annual pesticide data – information the Environmental Working Group uses to bring you the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which helps careful consumers minimize their exposure to pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables.Read More
As the 2012 food and farm policy fights heat up, entrepreneurs have some lessons for Washington. These were on full display at a recent TEDx Manhattan conference, where the innovative business leaders shared how they are changing the way we eat and developing a following among consumers concerned about where their food comes from.Read More
PepsiCo’s decision to stop using brominated vegetable oil in Gatorade marks an important victory for consumers. The chemical, known as BVO, is used in the U.S. as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored drinks, about 10 percent of the U.S. soft drink market, to keep the flavoring from floating to the top.Read More
For too long, funding provided by the United States’ most far-reaching food and farm legislation has primarily benefited agri-business and large scale industrial-scale commodity farms that aren’t growing food. Instead, they’re growing ingredients for animal feed, fuel and highly processed food -- at a high cost to our nation’s health, environment and rural communities.Read More
What's in our food matters! Robyn O'Brien joins the Just Label It campaign and "Food, Inc." director Robby Kenner to support our right to know whether our food contains genetically engineered ingredients.Read More
Genetically engineered food is commonplace on supermarket shelves today, but food manufacturers aren't required to disclose GMO ingredients on the label. We have a right to know what's in our food!Read More
People are messy. So is nature. And what people do when nature unleashes its fury often makes things worse.
The staff at Environmental Working Group took a look at the major environmental news stories of the year and came up with two lists: the Top 10 Good News stories and the Top 10 Bad News stories.Read More
Advocates of healthy food and farm policy reform have had a lot of success in 2011.Read More
Making sense of the complex farm bill is the first step in bringing much-needed change to America’s badly broken food and farm system.Read More
Thirty-four years ago, Saturday Night Live’s ad parody, Little Chocolate Donuts, seemed like absurdist comedy. But the iconic John Belushi bit – co-written by current Minnesota Senator Al Franken – is now a sad reality. Parents have good reason to worry about the sugar content of children’s breakfast cereals, according to an Environmental Working Group review of 84 popular brands.Read More