The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG specializes in providing useful resources like Skin Deep and the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change. Their goals are to protect the most vulnerable segments of the human population—children, babies, and infants in the womb—from health problems attributed to a wide array of toxic contaminants and to replace federal policies, including government subsidies that damage the environment and natural resources, with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development. They created the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list so that you can know which fruits and vegetables have the lowest pesticide residues and which ones you should try to always buy organic. EWG in the media:
- They appeared in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s special investigative report Toxic America on CNN, where they debated a representative of a chemical industry-funded group.
- Their public lands team worked closely with filmmaker Josh Fox to promote his award-winning documentary Gasland which had its TV premiere on HBO in June.
- Their cosmetics database, Skin Deep, was honored as Treehugger’s Best Health/Beauty Information Site.
- Their work has been featured in the Washington Post (twice!), The New York Times, AOL News, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN and even by Perez Hilton!
Dr. Weil on EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides
for more on Dr. Weil visit his website.
Posted on July 17, 2010