Sunscreen guide tops 1,400 products
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.
EWG fights for effective chemicals safety reforms
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.
Conservation Reserve losses disclosed
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.
EWG-commissioned study finds excessive crop insurance payouts
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.
Superbugs in supermarket meat discovered
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
California agrees to reduce flame retardant use
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.
EWG’s water filter guide helps clean drinking water
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.