Environmental Working Group Petition: Stop Using Tax Dollars for Big Agro's Pro-Pesticide Campaign
Environmental Working Group has drafted a petition protesting government funding of agricultural industry's pro-toxic-pesticide campaign and requesting an investigation.
Did you know that California (which the last I heard was bankrupt and has cut working hours for its libraries, among other state offices and services) has somehow managed to find (with some help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, so I guess it's federal tax dollars as well) one hundred and eighty thousand dollars of taxpayers' money to fund a "pro-pesticide, big agriculture group's" misinformation campaign?
Below is the non-profit Environmental Working Group's excellent explanation below of this untrue campaign, which happens to be aimed at them. We received this e-mail today from the EWG, which does a great job of educating and informing us about the good, bad, and ugly of all sorts of products, from cosmetics to baby care products to food to cell phone radiation dangers, and more, at their site.
By the way, one very useful feature of the EWG's site is their cosmetic safety data base. You can find the safest soaps, shampoos, and cosmetics, as well as find out how safe the ones you're using now are--or aren't! It's a great tool to help you eliminate toxins from your life.
If you agree with the EWG's assessment of the situation, you can sign a petition protesting and requesting an investigation here.
Here's the text of the EWG's e-mail:
Your tax dollars shouldn't fund disinformation about pesticides in food!
The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), a California-based pro-pesticide, big agriculture group, has gone on the attack. It makes the bizarre charge that Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides has influenced people to eat fewer vegetables. In fact, conventional produce consumption is flat -- but demand for organic fruits and vegetables is booming.
We were shocked when the California Department of Food and Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture handed $180,000 of your money to this front group -- specifically to counter "claims by activist groups about unsafe levels of pesticides."
If you think financing attacks on non-profit food safety watchdog groups like EWG is an outrageous way to spend your tax dollars, the USDA needs to hear from you today.As a California produce consumer and supporter of Environmental Working Group, I do not want my federal tax dollars spent to discourage consumers from buying organic or low-pesticide residue food. If major users and vendors of agricultural chemicals want to try to convince consumers that pesticides aren't a problem, they should do it on their own dime.
The federal Specialty Crops Block Grant was designed to support research, marketing and nutrition programs to help make produce, nuts and flower crops more competitive, accessible and, in the case of research, more sustainable. I want this program used to promote greater consumption of organic, locally-grown, and sustainably produced fruits and vegetables. Awarding a federal grant to large conventional agribusiness for a pro-pesticide public relations campaign undermines the country's growing organic industry and public health.
Please investigate who approved a $180,000 grant for the Alliance for Food and Farming and ensure that the USDA does not rubber stamp more outrageous grants like this one.