January 2, 2016

GMO Salmon Approval Backlash

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to approve genetically modified salmon will still leave consumers in the dark about what’s in their food, underscoring the need for a mandatory, national GMO labeling requirement, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) said today. “Foods with genetically modified ingredients line the shelves of our supermarket aisles, and today the federal government gave the green light to the first GMO salmon,” said Colin O’Neil, EWG’s director of agriculture policy. “Yet we will still have no way of knowing whether what we’re eating has been genetically modified.” The salmon is the first GMO animal […]
March 12, 2014

EWG Creates Shopper’s Guide To Avoiding GE Foods

More than 75 percent of food in supermarkets is genetically engineered or contains GE ingredients, according to some estimates. So how do you tell what is natural and what has been manufactured? The Environmental Working Group recently released its Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GE Foods. The guide highlights the four most common GE foods and ingredients — soybeans, sugar, vegetable oils, and varieties of field corn. Some 93 percent of soybeans and 90 percent of corn grown in the U.S. have been genetically engineered. Sugar beets account for 55 percent ofU.S.grown sugar, and 95 percent of the crop is genetically […]
January 14, 2014

FDA Allows Untested Chemicals in Food

Why do Americans enjoy a lower quality of life and health than people in most other high-income nations? The answer may lie in the foods we eat. In countries like the United Kingdom, average life expectancy is 81 years, and 97% of the people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water. Or in Australia — voted two years in a row by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as “The Number #1 Happiest Country in the World” – life is better for its citizens. One would think it would be a national priority to make sure […]
September 28, 2012

Guide to Pesticides in Produce Is a Must Have

By Cynthia Cleveland Want to find out which fruits and vegetable made the Environmental Working Group’s good list and which ones were naughty. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently released its annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce list and the results are surprising. The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce will help you determine which fruits […]