The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 marked dramatic progress in the federal government's efforts to protect Americans from dangerous pesticides. The landmark legislation, which EWG played a major role in pushing through Congress, required EPA to assess pesticides in light of their particular dangers to children and to ensure that pesticides posed a "reasonable certainty of no harm" to children or any other high-risk group. This law is credited with reducing the risks posed by pesticide residues on food. It forced American agribusiness to shift away from some of the riskiest pesticides. But worrisome chemicals are not completely out of the food supply. Residues of many hazardous pesticides are still detected on a handful of foods.
A lesser-known "Consumer Right to Know" provision of the 1996 law required that EPA inform people about possible hazards to their health brought about by consuming pesticides with their food. It ordered EPA to publish and distribute in grocery stores plain-English brochures that discussed the risks and benefits of pesticides on food. These brochures were to offer recommendations so shoppers could reduce their dietary exposures to pesticides. The agency published such a brochure in 1999, but it failed to detail the actual risks of pesticide exposures and give consumers clear information about the foods with the most pesticide residues to help them reduce their exposures. EPA stopped publishing it altogether in 2007. Today, EPA offers some information about pesticides and food on its website. But it does not list foods likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residues nor those that pose the greatest dangers to human health. Most importantly, the EPA does not offer the "right to know" information Congress required on behalf of consumers in 1996: how to avoid pesticide exposures while still eating a healthy diet.
That's where EWG comes in. Because the EPA has not complied with the Congressional mandate in full, for more than a decade EWG has published an annual guide to help people eat healthy and reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce. Armed with EWG's Shopper's Guide, millions of people have opted for those conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables that tend to test low for pesticide residues. When they want foods whose conventional versions test high for pesticides, they can go for organic.
Some 65 percent of thousands of produce samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture test positive for pesticide residues. That's bad news for the growing number of Americans who want to minimize their consumption of pesticides.
Parents' concerns have been validated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which in 2012 issued an important report that said that children have "unique susceptibilities to [pesticide residues'] potential toxicity." The pediatricians' organization cited research that linked pesticide exposures in early life and "pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems." It advised its members to urge parents to consult "reliable resources that provide information on the relative pesticide content of various fruits and vegetables." One key resource, it said, was EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
With EWG's Shopper's Guide, consumers can have the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with less exposure to pesticides.
EWG’s Food Scores houses information on tens of thousands of foods in a simple, searchable online format designed to guide consumers to healthy, affordable food that’s good for people and the planet.
The database includes more than:
• 80,000 products
• 5,000 ingredients
• 1,500 brands
How did we come up with our scores? We combine these ratings into a single overall product score.
-- Nutrition. The nutrition scoring algorithm considers multiple factors, including calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content.
-- Ingredient concerns. The ingredient concerns algorithm focuses on factors such as the likely presence of key contaminants, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics and the health implications of certain food additives.
-- Processing. The processing score reflects EWG's best estimate of the extent to which a particular food has been processed. Scoring factors include modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and the number of artificial ingredients.
Your grooming rituals probably include shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion, shaving products (if you’re a man) and makeup (if you’re a woman).
And what about your children? Sunscreen, diaper cream, shampoo and lotion are common kids’ products.
Most people use cosmetics and other personal-care items without a second thought, believing that the government makes sure they’re safe. Not so. No health studies or pre-market testing are required.
EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database is the world's largest safety reference tool for personal-care products. EWG has launched this app to provide you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings at your fingertips for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.
Americans’ frequent exposure to cosmetics and personal-care products raises questions about the potential health risks of the myriad under-assessed ingredients they contain. These ingredients end up in the bodies of nearly every American.
When you know what chemicals are in the products you bring into your home and how they may affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions — and help transform the marketplace.
This Skin Deep® app has information and online safety assessments for more than 72,000 personal care products, 2,500 brands and 9,000 ingredients, culled from product labels and from the scientific and industry literature.
To calculate a product score, we tally the hazards of each ingredient and evaluate every product in relation to all the others in Skin Deep®. The safest products score well by both measures: a low hazard rating AND fair or better data availability. EWG’s ratings are the best available information you can find on the safety of personal-care product ingredients.
You want to know WHAT'S going on in the world of the ORGANIC lifestyle!
You want tips on getting you or your loved ones healthy!
Download this free app now to improve your health and experience the organic revolution!
- Find your local farmer's market
- Easy guide to the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen
- Delicious organic recipes
- News and tips for healthy living
-Find great nearby restaurants with special deals
-Upvote or downvote restaurants and specific deals you try
-Add great deals that you know about for everyone to enjoy
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Here are the features:
• BAG REMINDER* - A simple way to help save the environment. Set the reminder before you leave, and the app will send you a notification to bring in your reusable shopping bags before you arrive in the store.
• WEEKLY FLYER - View the weekly Thrifty Foods flyer to find the latest savings on fresh shopping items.
• RESERVE & PICKUP - Browse, select and order a variety of deli and catering items for your next party or event.
• CHECK THIS OUT - A special section exclusive for App users. Browse seasonal products, news, events, and more!
• STORE LOCATOR - Locate the nearest Thrifty Foods location.
• AIR MILES® REWARD PROGRAM - Enter your AIR MILES Collector number, and have your AIR MILES Collector card stored in your phone.
• SHOPPING LISTS - A simple way to create and manage shopping lists. Create your own list or add items directly from our recipes.
• FIND RECIPES - The app brings you a comprehensive list of all the best recipes as created by the recipe experts at Thrifty Foods!
We're very excited to share this app with you. It's just another way to help enhance your shopping experience with Thrifty Foods. See you in the store!
* Bag reminder requires access to your phone's GPS system and is designed for Android version 4.0 and higher (may not work on older systems)
It doesn't have to be this way.
Whether you deliberately planted an extra row of food or just harvested more zucchini (or any other fruit, vegetables, herbs or nuts) than you can possibly use, AmpleHarvest.org provides a quick and easy way to find a local food pantry* eager for your excess garden produce.
Created by a CNN Hero, AmpleHarvest.org enables locally grown and freshly harvested produce that might otherwise have gone to waste to be donated to the needy in the local community. You can also use it for store bought items (food, toiletries, paper goods, etc.) that you'd like to donate to a local food pantry.
Once you found a food pantry in your neighborhood, please make note of preferred delivery days/times as well as any other requests posted by the food pantry.
Not only does donating excess garden produce help the needy in your community, it also helps the environment (see www.AmpleHarvest.org/epa to
AmpleHarvest.org has more than 3,500 food pantries across all 50 states already registered, with more signing up daily. If you know of a food pantry in your community, please visit www.AmpleHarvest.org/addpantries to learn how you can help your local food pantry register.
To find a local food pantry, select "Search for a Pantry". Press "Search", select how many miles you are willing to travel to donate the food, enter your zip-code and press "Done".
Zoom in or out as needed and press on the pin of the pantry most convenient to you. When the name and address appears, press again to see the details provided by the food pantry.
We *love* pictures and videos of donations. Send them to IShared@AmpleHarvest.org.
Learn more about AmpleHarvest.org by visiting www.AmpleHarvest.org/faq or visiting www.AmpleHarvest.org/videos
* the term food pantry may be called a food shelf, food cupboard, food closet or food bank in your part of the country.
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Earn rewards for providing feedback and completing “missions.” Missions are a new way for you to provide feedback to companies that want to know what you think about their products. In return you will earn rewards for Tango Cards that can be redeemed for gift cards from top-name brands.
Consistently ranked as one of the top Health & Fitness apps, and featured by Apple, NBC, CNN, the Today Show, and more, ShopWell was created by Registered Dietitians, and is a community partner of the USDA.
SHOPWELL HELPS YOU
- Learn which foods match your dietary needs
- Achieve your health goals such as weight management or lower cholesterol
- Avoid ingredients you don’t want such as added sugar & trans fat
- Read food nutrition facts panels, calorie count, and ingredients
- Avoid allergens like gluten & lactose
- Scan foods in the supermarket or at home
- It is like having the knowledge of a personal nutrition expert in your pocket.
ShopWell can help you eat better if you have these goals:
- General Health
- Weight Management
- Heart Healthy
- Gluten Intolerance
- Digestive Health
- Athletic Training
- Lactose Intolerance
- Anemia (Iron Deficient)
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
ShopWell can help you avoid these food allergies:
- Animal By-products
- Tree Nuts
ACTUAL USER REVIEWS
"I have lost 100lbs by using this app."
“I am over weight and was looking for something to help with my food choices. Thanks to this app I can do this now. I have lost 10lbs so far. I highly recommend.”
“Before getting it, I honestly thought I was eating very healthily when in reality had no idea what was being put in my body. Now I scan everything I buy and feel so much better about what I ingest!
“For the gluten intolerant, this app is essential. This app just became a lifeline for me.”
“Great app! Shows lots of options that match what I'm looking for, so I don't get boxed in to the most expensive brands.”
“It’s hard for the average person to decipher a nutrition label or an ingredient list. This app makes it easy to do so.”
HOW SHOPWELL WORKS
ShopWell takes the guesswork out of deciphering food nutrition labels while you shop at the supermarket by providing you with personalized food scores. ShopWell’s scoring system and scanner assesses foods based on your age, gender, health goals, diet needs, and your ingredient and nutrition preferences.
Food scores range from 0-100 and are bucketed into three categories: Green scores are a strong match for your diet, so are typically okay to eat in normal portions. Yellow scores are a medium match for your health, so you should read the labels carefully. Red scores are a weak match for your diet, or contain a potential allergen so these foods should be avoided or only be eaten occasionally in small portions.
ShopWell draws on trusted resources and guidelines set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the latest peer reviewed research.
ShopWell works with United States based grocery foods only.