May 11, 2021

EWG Releases Dirty Dozen 2021 Pesticide Guide

Collard and mustard greens join kale among the most pesticide-contaminated fresh produce on the Environmental Working Group’s 2021 Dirty Dozen™ list. For the first time, bell peppers and hot peppers have made the list. The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen™ together make up EWG’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, which analyzes Department of Agriculture test data to identify which fresh fruits and vegetables are most and least contaminated with pesticide residues. “Whether organic or conventionally grown, fruits and vegetables are critical components of a healthy diet,” said EWG toxicologist Thomas Galligan, Ph.D. “We urge consumers who are […]
October 6, 2020

Best Questions To Ask at Your Local Farmers’ Market

Not only is going to the farmers’ market a fun way to pass a sunny weekend afternoon, it also has immense benefits for farmers and consumers alike. Farmers’ markets play a key role in preserving farmland, stimulating local economies, increasing access to local and fresh food, and promoting sustainability. Here’s how to get the most out of your next visit. How can I eat clean and organic without breaking the bank? If you’re on a budget but value organic produce, pay attention to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s “Dirty Dozen” list. Peaches, nectarines, and strawberries are abundant and delicious in […]
June 2, 2020

Produce Alert! Get EWG’s New Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides

Nearly 70 percent of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful chemical pesticides, according to EWG’s analysis of the latest test data from the federal Department of Agriculture. But the dirtiest produce commodity, according to the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, is not a fresh fruit or vegetable but a dried one – raisins. Raisins didn’t qualify for the Dirty Dozen, since we don’t include processed foods in the list, but if they did, they would top the list by a mile. Ninety-nine percent of conventional raisins tested positive for at least two pesticides, including some […]
July 9, 2019

Trump EPA Dismisses Risks in Tap Water

The cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane, which contaminates the drinking water of millions of Americans
April 9, 2019

The Public Isn’t Getting Knowledge of Toxic Chemicals

In an unusual move, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general issued an emergency alert today
April 2, 2019

EWG’s Tap Water Database Drives Research

Since 2005, Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database has been the authoritative source for consumers, journalists and researchers who want to know about contaminants in the nation’s drinking water. The latest peer-reviewed study using the database, conducted by the Silent Spring Institute and EWG, found that Hispanic communities are disproportionately exposed to the fertilizer chemical nitrate in their drinking water. EWG’s database shows that nitrate contaminates the public water supplies of almost 1,700 communities at levels that could increase the risk of cancer and harm fetal development. Research by the National Cancer Institute and European studies show that the risk of colorectal cancer is elevated for […]
August 28, 2018

Cancer-Causing Solvent TCE Taints Tap Water

Tap water supplies for more than 14 million Americans are contaminated with a cancer-causing industrial solvent made notorious by the book and film “A Civil Action,” according to an Environmental Working Group investigation released today. The chemical is trichloroethylene, or TCE. Under the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency is retreating from an earlier proposal to ban key uses of the chemical, and it is excluding water, air and soil pollution from a safety assessment under the nation’s overhauled toxic chemicals law. Drinking TCE-contaminated water has been linked to liver and kidney damage, and to cancers like leukemia. It has also been […]
August 14, 2018

Court Rebukes EPA, Orders Ban on Pesticide

In a scathing opinion, today a federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency
February 6, 2018

Almost 3/4 of High-Risk Toddlers Miss Annual Lead Tests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new EWG analysis of state records shows that each year between 2012 and 2016,