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 […]
August 30, 2017

Why EPA Chief Didn’t Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide

WASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s defense for allowing the continued use of a dangerous pesticide starkly shows that he doesn’t consider protecting children’s health to be more important than protecting the agriculture industry’s status quo, said EWG President Ken Cook. In an interview with his home state newspaper, The Oklahoman, Pruitt said he aborted a scheduled ban on chlorpyrifos – a pesticide the EPA’s own scientists had found could harm kids’ brains – because “it had been used for decades.” He also cited disagreement over the pesticide’s dangers between EPA scientists and the Department of Agriculture, which consistently advocates on […]
March 22, 2017

The 2017 Dirty Dozen: Pesticides in Produce

WASHINGTON – Strawberries remain at the top of the Dirty Dozen™ list of the EWG Shopper’s Guide
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 […]
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 […]
March 26, 2011

Play it Safer: 10 Healthy Eating Tips

In light of the recent egg recall, food awareness has become a major topic of discussion. Where does your food really come from? Are you putting the purest things in your body or are you slowly junking your system up on a daily basis? Are you taking every precaution to prevent a spread of disease or bacteria? The following tips will help you decide. 1. Wash hands often. Proper hand washing may eliminate nearly half of all cases of food-borne illness and significantly reduce the spread of the common cold and flu. (ADA) 2. Keep raw meats and ready-to-eat foods […]