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April 2, 2015 | Article

Strengthen Protections for Those Who Help Grow Our Food

We live in one of the richest nations on earth, but nearly 3 million agricultural workers who cultivate and harvest our food lack the basic protections they need to keep themselves and their families safe from harmful pesticides.

March 27, 2015 | Feature

Engineering An Environmental Disaster

Our supermarkets are awash in genetically modified foods. Biotech companies have dominated dinner tables with crops modified to survive lethal doses of herbicides, resulting in increased herbicide use, a surge in herbicide-resistant weeds, and the contamination of organic and conventional crops.

March 9, 2015 | Article

Washington State’s Numbers Game

The state’s funny math on water quality standards adds up to toxic waterways, mercury-laden fish and weakened cancer risk protections.

March 6, 2015 | Article

Excuses for Climate Denial Shrivel Up in the Midwest

A new bipartisan report released last month warns that climate change puts the productivity of the Midwest’s keystone agricultural, manufacturing and transportation industries at risk.

October 9, 2014 | Feature

The Toxic Secret of California’s Salad Bowl

The farmworkers who help bring fresh fruit and produce to your table aren’t protected by the safety standards most workers in the U.S. enjoy. The farmworkers’ reality is often a nightmare of back-breaking work and repeated exposure to toxic chemicals.

May 2, 2014 | Feature

The Case of the Vanishing Honey Bee: Pesticides and the Perfect Crime

Since the mid-2000's, the die-off of domesticated bees has been so dramatic that the bee researchers coined a new phrase: Colony Collapse Disorder. What makes these die-offs different is that frequently the bees just vanish. One beekeeper calls this the Perfect Crime: no bodies, no murder weapon, no bees.

May 2, 2014 | Explainer

Infographic: Bees’ Toxic Problem

Honeybees pollinate one-third of all the food we eat. This infographic is a closer look at a major cause of widespread bee die-offs, what it means to us, and how we can help the bees.

October 23, 2012 | Case

Protecting Consumers from Mercury in Seafood

Consumer protection and environmental advocates, represented by Earthjustice, have filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failing to respond to a petition asking the FDA to give consumers clear, accurate and accessible information about toxic mercury in the seafood they eat.

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