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EWG News Roundup (6/14): Nitrate Pollution of U.S. Tap Water Could Cause 12,500 Cases of Cancer Each Year, Monsanto’s Weedkiller Still Contaminates Foods Marketed to Children and More
This week, EWG scientists published a study analyzing the health and economic impacts of widespread nitrate contamination of U.S. tap water in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research.
“Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a serious problem, and especially severe in the nation’s farm country,” said Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG vice president for science investigations and one of the study’s authors. “Now, for the first time, we can see the staggering consequences of this pollution.”
We continue to doggedly investigate the PFAS crisis. This week we discovered that at least 475 industrial facilities across the nation could be discharging the toxic fluorinated compounds into the air and water. And we unearthed 20-year-old lab tests by 3M showing that the chemical company has long known that PFAS chemicals were contaminating the U.S. food supply.
Meanwhile, FDA dismissed the findings of its own scientists, saying that consumers shouldn’t be concerned about eating PFAS-contaminated foods. Yet, as EWG senior scientist David Andrews pointed out, “There is growing evidence that people are already exposed to PFAS at levels that are causing harm, and that food is a major route of exposure.”
EWG released the results from a new round of tests on oat-based cereals and other breakfast foods showing that not only do companies like General Mills continue to use Roundup-contaminated oats in their products, but also the resulting glyphosate residues are nearly always higher than what EWG considers safe for children.
This work prompted EWG's Dr. Naidenko to ask: “Does General Mills really want to keep using a chemical that independent scientists say causes cancer, made by a company that three juries have found guilty of covering up its health hazards? Or will they listen to the growing chorus of concerned consumers calling on General Mills and other companies to remove glyphosate from the cereals kids love to eat?”
For coverage on these developments and more, here’s some news you can use going into the weekend:
Nitrate Cancer Risk Study
A new study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group found that nitrate pollution in U.S. drinking water could cause over 12,000 cases of cancer each year.
And most drinking water standards are a compromise between public health protection and economic feasibility, with the true safe levels almost always below the [Environmental Protection Agency’s] maximum contaminant level,” Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist at Environmental Working Group and study lead author, told UPI.
Millions of tons of nitrate from industrial farming find their way into America's drinking water each year, causing thousands of cases of cancer and other health problems, an environmental advocacy group says. In a new report, researchers from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) quantify the risk. They say nitrate is responsible for nearly 12,600 cases of cancer a year.
The team, which includes researchers from the Environmental Working Group and Duke University, also estimated some 4,700 cases of babies born with very low birth weight, very pre-term birth or neural tube defects may be linked to nitrates as well.
A new study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has revealed that nitrate contamination in drinking water across the United States may be responsible for more than 12,500 cases of cancer each year.
About 610 locations in 43 states, serving an estimated 19 million people, have PFAS in the drinking water, according to the Environmental Working Group and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University.
The presence of the industrial compounds in our food was made public by the Environmental Working Group after a staff member of the Environmental Defense Fund took photos of the research at a scientific conference in Europe.
The EWG reported 110 million Americans could be affected by the PFAS in our drinking water, but they noted there are 71 different products currently on the market that reduce the amount of PFAS in your water. Reprinted by AT&T
There is growing evidence that people are already exposed to PFAS at levels that are causing harm, and that food is a major route of exposure,” said David Andrews, senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, which monitors the spread of PFAS.
“The results from FDA clearly indicate that some food products are much more contaminated than others,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, during a conference call for reporters.
“FDA routinely underestimates the risks chemicals pose, especially the risks posed by food chemicals that migrate from food packaging into food, including PFAS chemicals,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist at Environmental Working Group, which advocates for regulation of PFAS.
It really highlights how produce, apples, milk, and really any food item that's near the vicinity of a production facility or a place that used and contaminated the surrounding environment with PFAS chemicals may be particularly impacted," explained Environmental Working Group Scientist David Andrews.
Dr. David Andrews is a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Washington D.C. He’s also the co-author of a recent article that broke the news about the FDA’s discovery of PFAS in food.
The Environmental Working Group, which has links to the organics industry, found that all 21 of the products it tested had levels of glyphosate that were "higher than what EWG scientists consider protective for children's health."
Twenty-one oat-based cereal and snack products popular with children contain traces of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, according to tests from the Environmental Working Group.
Back in August 2018, a study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that a number of breakfast foods and cereals may contain trace amounts of glyphosate, a commonly used weed-killing chemical found in Roundup products that has been linked to cancer.
The new report conducted by the Environmental Working Group identified a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals that might contain higher amounts of the herbicide glyphosate, including Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, and more (you can see the full list here).
Tests recently conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have found that 21 popular oat-based cereals contain traces of glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup.
Scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found the ingredient in oat-based cereals made by General Mills and Fiber One at levels above what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its third round of 2019 test results measuring glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, in popular oat-based cereals and foods.
Many best sellers in the cereal aisle continue to have trace amounts of the weed killer glyphosate, according to a new report published Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
For months, the watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been testing breakfast foods for glyphosate, the most widely used agricultural pesticide in the world.
The testing was commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)—the third round of such testing it's undertaken—and looked at popular General Mills-made products, including several Cheerios varieties and various kinds of Nature Valley granola bars.
Test results published in August 2018 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) showed 43 out of 45 food products made with conventionally grown oats tested positive for glyphosate, 31 of which had glyphosate levels higher than EWG scientists believe would be safe for children.
The Environmental Working Group ’s (EWG) Children’s Health Initiative found that 21 oat-based cereal and snack products, which are very popular with children, contained traces of the "active ingredient".
The study, paid for by the Environmental Working Group, found that levels of glyphosate were found in 21 oat-based cereal and snack items, many of which are marketed to children.
The nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group, or EWG, released a study Wednesday that found trace amounts of glyphosate in 21 oat-based breakfast and snack foods.
The nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group today released a map that tracks all toxic algae outbreaks reported in the U.S. from 2010 until the present. “No federal agency publicly tracks algae blooms, so we are trying to fill the gap,” said Anne Weir Schechinger, EWG senior economic analyst, in a press release. The map will be updated weekly. More information on EWG’s work on toxic algae can be found at their website, including tips on avoiding toxic algae bloom poisoning and satellite photos of algae blooms.
Environmental Working Group has started a project to track algal blooms and their effects through news reports and state clearinghouses, but there isn’t a federal database to track them. The State of Iowa monitors them through a patchwork of municipal drinking water systems and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ beach advisories and ambient water quality monitoring program.
“We’ve found in our research that most people don’t realize that algae blooms are a nationwide problem,” Anne Weir Schechinger said who is a senior economic analyst for the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Asbestos in Cosmetics
“Cosmetics have largely fallen into a regulatory black hole,” Scott Faber, the senior vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group, said in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy in March.
Body Burden Study
In a 2004 study, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood.
The nonprofit research organization Environmental Working Group notes that their top picks for bug repellents include those with ingredients like Picaridin (a 20% concentration can protect against ticks and mosquitoes all day) and DEET (a 20% to 30% concentration can protect against ticks and mosquitoes all day) — though they do have downsides (see below).
The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) looked into the ingredients lists of more than 2,000 cleaning supplies commonly available on store shelves across the country and found that hundreds of them contain substances linked to serious health problems.
The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) looked into the ingredients lists of more than 2,000 cleaning supplies commonly available on store shelves across the country and found that hundreds of them contain substances linked to serious health problems.
Cosmetics – EWG Verified
The SPF 30 broad spectrum lotion is EWG verified and certified by the National Eczema Association thanks to its fragrance-free, no nanoparticle, hypoallergenic formula.
Cosmetics – Kourtney Kardashian
This move should come as no surprise to Kourtney's fans. As they'll recall, Kourtney worked with Environmental Working Group president Ken Cook last year and spoke to congressional leaders about updating cosmetic legislation to make beauty products safer.
Last year, she teamed up with the Environmental Working Group and made a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with staffers from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to discuss the Personal Care Products Safety Act, which would update 80-year-old FDA regulations in the beauty and personal-care categories.
Cosmetics – Michelle Pfeiffer’s Henry Rose Launch
An innovative take of the art of perfumery, the US brand are offering the first fine fragrances ever to be both EWG Verified™ and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ (Gold).
Did you know that Michelle Pfeiffer has her own brand of unisex fragrances? It’s called Henry Rose and it’s the first fine fragrance line to be both Environmental Working Group Verified™ and Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold.
Cosmetics – Skin Deep
The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a great source when it comes to verifying ingredients and determining if a product contains, what they term, high-hazard ingredients.
Her go to-resource is the Environmental Working Group’s website. She stresses, “I don’t drive myself super crazy about the purity of my products. I educate myself, reference EWG, read up on ingredients, but the bottom line is that I do my best and bless the rest.”
For a full list of what to watch out for, check out EWG’s Skin Deep Database, so you can research toxic chemicals that might be in your beauty and personal care products.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the energy company has focused primarily on coal and natural gas in the past.
The Environmental Working Group found ADA in almost 500 different food products back in 2014. In the same year, Vani Hari, a food advocate and founder of FoodBabe.com, petitioned fast food chains to remove ADA from their products.
Healthy Living App
If you're interested in clean beauty but not sure Beautycounter is the right fit for you or your budget, start by browsing the "Clean" category at Sephora and check your go-to products on the EWG Healthy Living app to see if they're worth replacing.
Monsanto Research to Replace Roundup
Ken Cook, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, said that if Bayer is serious about reforming its products, it has to commit to a “fundamentally new paradigm for pesticides, which must start with a simple principle: This class of chemicals should not end up in people.”
North Carolina CAFOs
A recent study from the Environmental Working Group and the Waterkeeper Alliance sheds light on the size and impacts of the poultry industry.
Frustrated by the lack of information, the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Environmental Working Group developed a map of farms in 2016, documenting locations by analyzing high-resolution aerial photography.
2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
Released every year by the Environmental Working Group, it outlines the fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the ‘Dirty Dozen’) and the least (‘the Clean 15′).
And, with conventionally grown apples at the top of the Environmental Working Group’s infamous “Dirty Dozen” contaminated fruits and vegetables list (Each conventional apple contains on average 4.4 toxic, synthetic pesticide residues.), people are realizing that it’s the organic apple a day that keeps the doctor away.
Additionally, celery consistently appears on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen produce list.
Every year the Environmental Working Group releases a produce list called the "Dirty Dozen," but what is this list and what does it mean for your health?
“If you just use a sunscreen that just protects against sunburn,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, which recently published a comprehensive report on sunscreens, “you are effectively getting the same sun exposure as you would from a tanning bed.”
For more information on healthy sunscreen practices and harmful ingredients, check out the EWG’s 2019 sunscreen report, and shop our picks below for the very best non-toxic, mineral-based, and natural sunscreens that 2019 has to offer.
In a report released in May, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group analyzed the chemicals and effectiveness of more than 1,300 sunscreens and found that over 60% of them would not pass safety rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If you’re not sure where to start, head on over to the Environmental Working Group.
Trump’s Farmer Bailout
Close to 3,500 farms each received more than $125,000 in trade relief payments for 2018 production, according to USDA records obtained by the Environmental Working Group. Dozens of those farms took in more than $500,000 each. Here’s more.