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Dear Advocate,

Since 1991, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been testing fresh produce for pesticide residues and releasing the findings. Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes these detailed technical reports to produce its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides. But this year, USDA may cave in to an industry campaign to alter the results and give consumers less information.

The chemical agribusiness industry has launched an expensive campaign to silence EWG and deny us information we need to make healthy choices. Last year, nearly $200,000 of taxpayers' money was used to support a misinformation campaign run by the Alliance for Food and Farming, a pro-agricultural chemicals lobby dedicated to combating pesticide critics such as EWG.

Chemical agribusiness interests want to suppress the truth about pesticides. USDA officials need to hear that we want the truth. Please join the more than 36,000 people who have called on USDA to not cave in to industry.

EWG has a petition asking USDA officials to not cave to industry pressure and to stop funding industry's disinformation campaigns.

Sign EWG's petition! »

There is overwhelming evidence linking pesticides to health problems, including increased risk of cancer. New studies show that pesticide exposure may lead to developmental delays and lower IQs in children. Last year, the President's Cancer Panel recommended that consumers avoid foods with pesticide residues.

Instead of kowtowing to industry groups such as the Alliance for Food and Farming, USDA and other federal agencies should compile and analyze more information about pesticides. Industry spin should not drive disclosure of critical information about pesticides in our food.

Protect your right to know about pesticides in food!

Sign EWG's petition! »

Thank you,
PCC Public Affairs

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