Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, September 10, 2012
EWG’s Online Guide to Healthy Cleaning
Some household cleaning products can expose unsuspecting users to toxic substances linked to short- and long-term health problems, including asthma, allergic reactions and even cancer. In an effort to help consumers find safer products, the Environmental Working Group has created the first online guide that rates more than 2,000 household cleaners with grades A through F for safety of ingredients and disclosure of contents.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Good Food on a Tight Budget: EWG’s New Easy-to-Use Guide
In an era of rising food prices and economic strains that have put one in four people on federal nutrition assistance, nearly all Americans must search for foods that are nutritious and affordable. To ease the pressure, Environmental Working Group’s researchers have created Good Food on a Tight Budget , a science-based shopping guide of the top 100 foods that are healthy, cheap, clean and green.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Ethanol Blend Ruling Bad for American Consumers and the Environment
Statement from Environmental Working Group Vice-President for Government Affairs Scott Faber on today’s DC circuit court rejection of multiple challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s allowance of E15 (15% ethanol blend) into the commercial marketplace. "If gasoline was blended to include 15% ethanol during the current drought, two-thirds or more of the corn crop could be diverted from food and feed to U. S. fuel supplies. That's bad for American consumers, bad for most farmers, and bad for the environment.”
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Friday, August 10, 2012
EWG Joins California’s Fight To Label Genetically Engineered Food
Californians deserve the right to know whether their food contains genetically engineered ingredients, just as consumers do in 40 other countries around the world, including China. But the only way they’ll win that right is by voting yes on Proposition 37 on November 6, and today Environmental Working Group, a national research and advocacy organization, announced that it will join the fight to pass the measure.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012
GAO Tells FCC to Update Cell Phone Radiation Rules
Federal cell phone radiation standards are outdated and may not protect public health, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released today. The watchdog agency noted that the Federal Communications Commission set its radio frequency energy exposure limits more than 15 years ago in the early days of cell phone technology. The new report confirms what Environmental Working Group has been saying since 2009: The FCC’s cell phone rules are based on old science and outmoded assumptions and are in serious need of an overhaul.
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Monday, August 06, 2012
EWG Responds to Report that New York is About to Approve Fracking
Environmental Working Group Senior Counsel Dusty Horwitt issued the following statement on the Albany Times-Union’s Aug. 4, 2012 report that the Cuomo administration will soon approve hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in New York state:
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
FDA To Bar BPA From Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups
Less than a year after the state of California banned baby bottles and sippy cups made with the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol-A, BPA, the federal government has followed suit.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Crop Insurance Subsidy Reforms Could Save Tens of Billions in 2012 Farm Bill
A new report shows that Congress could save taxpayers at least $42 billion over 10 years, provide farmers with a more fiscally and environmentally responsible safety net and avoid deep cuts to vital nutrition and conservation programs by scaling crop insurance subsidies back to more reasonable levels.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Concerns Remain on Voluntary C-8 Phase Out
The chemical industry’s agreement with the federal Food and Drug Administration to phase out toxic perfluorinated compounds used to grease-proof pizza boxes , microwave popcorn bags, fast food wrapping and other food packaging does not go far enough to protect public health.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Taxpayers paid $6.2 million in Farm Subsidies to Members of Congress or Their Family Members
Environmental Working Group’s latest update of the EWG farm subsidy database shows that 23 members of Congress, or their family members, benefitted from $6,199,807 in taxpayer-funded farm subsidy payments between 1995 and 2011. The much-referenced database tracks $240 billion in commodity, crop insurance, and disaster programs and $37 billion in conservation subsidies paid to farmers in that period.
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