2013

Sunscreen guide tops 1,400 products

May 2013

EWG’s 7th annual Sunscreen Guide rated the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeup that advertise sun protection. EWG researchers found that only 25 percent of products on the market offered strong and broad UV protection and posed few safety concerns.  

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EWG fights for effective chemicals safety reforms

May 2013

EWG tackled the chemical industry-backed Chemical Safety Improvement Act.  EWG President Ken Cook would testify against the bill at a July hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and executive director Heather White would testify in a similar vein before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  EWG delivered a letter citing the bill’s flaws that was signed by more than 30 law professors and legal experts.

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Farm bill fight transformed

May 2013

EWG launched its “Worth Protecting” campaign to turn the farm bill into a food bill

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Conservation Reserve losses disclosed

May 2013

An EWG analysis of the federal Conservation Reserve Program disclosed that between 2006 and 2012, 14 million acres that had been protected at a cost to taxpayers of $6.6 billion likely went under the plow again as conservation agreements between landowners and the U.S. Department of Agriculture expired.   

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EWG-commissioned study finds excessive crop insurance payouts

April 2013

EWG published an analysis by Iowa State University professor Bruce Babcock showing that federal crop insurance payouts to drought-stricken farmers exceeded the need by $7 billion; many Corn Belt farmers ended up with more money than they would have if their crops had come in.  

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Superbugs in supermarket meat discovered

April 2013

EWG uncovered little-noticed government lab tests that detected extensive antibiotic-resistant bacteria contamination in 81 percent of ground turkey, 69 percent of pork chops, 55 percent of ground beef and 39 percent of chicken breasts, wings and thighs sampled in supermarkets

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Clean energy advances

April 2013

EWG and the Civil Society Institute co-hosted the second clean energy grassroots organizing conference at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge.   

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Whole Foods will label GMO food

March 2013

Whole Foods announced it would label any foods sold in the U.S. with genetically engineered ingredients by 2018.  

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California agrees to reduce flame retardant use

February 2013

Citing EWG tests showing high levels of flame retardants in the bodies of toddlers, California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed to end widespread use of toxic flame retardants in foam furniture.

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EWG’s water filter guide helps clean drinking water

February 2013

EWG’s report on toxic and carcinogenic chemicals released as byproducts of drinking water chlorination spurred demand for EWG’s new online Water Filter Buying Guide, which helps consumers find filters that remove those contaminants.

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