2014

Found children’s foods contain too many vitamins and minerals

May 2014

EWG’s report found that nearly half of American kids consumed potentially harmful amounts of vitamin A, zinc and niacin because of excessively fortified processed food, outdated nutritional labeling and misleading ads. All three national morning shows and “The Colbert Report” featured the report.

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Showed kids’ cereals still loaded with sugar

May 2014

May 2014, EWG’s analysis of more than 1,500 cereals documented that anyone who ate one bowl of kids’ cereal a day would consume up to 10 pounds of sugar a year.

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Organized Supreme Court rally on water contamination

April 2014

April 2014, EWG organized a rally on the Supreme Court steps with Erin Brockovich, and Camp Lejeune activists Jerome Ensminger and Mike Partain. The high court’s decision prevents victims from suing the U.S. Department of Defense for water contamination.

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Campaign to connect conservation to public health proved successful

April 2014

April 2014, Our new remote sensing and landscape analysis capacity, led by Soren Rundquist and Craig Cox, visually told the story of damages industrial agriculture inflicts. Their report “Broken Stream Banks” showed that 170 waterways in southern Minnesota lacked required vegetation strips that would have prevented farm runoff from polluting rivers. Their August report, “‘Washout’ Revisited,” demonstrated that ephemeral gullies still ravaged many fields.

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Released guide to men’s environmental health

March 2014

March 2014, EWG’s Paul Pestano’s report on men’s environmental health established that hormone disrupting chemicals endanger men’s cardiovascular and reproductive health.

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Exposed critical flaws in Chemicals in Commerce Act

March 2014

March 2014, EWG’s analysis showed that the Chemicals in Commerce Act proposed by Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., did not offer real reform to the Toxic Substances Act and would curtail states’ chemical safety initiatives.

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Launched guide to avoiding GMOs

February 2014

February 2014, EWG published a new shopping guide to help people find foods made without genetically engineered ingredients and decide which certified organic foods to buy.

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Campaigned for Farm Bill to jettison direct payments

February 2014

February 2014, EWG’s relentless campaigning, driven by the farm subsidy database, marshaled a Congressional about-face that finally killed the outdated direct payment program. Our work on crop insurance preserved the conservation compact.

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