Monday, July 18, 2011

Support Your Right to Choose...Pesticide-Free Produce

We don't usually post fund-raising stuff here, but this is an important one. EWG's pesticide guide almost didn't get published this year - namely because "the powers that be" (a.k.a. our government) tried to squelch it. EWG put the pressure on, and got them to release the data, but as a non-profit, they are only able to bring such valuable information to us through our support. Please read the important letter below, and if you feel so moved, they would welcome your donations.  (I know it says by July 14, but they will still happily receive your donations after that date as well.)

(Published by the Environmental Working Group)

Dear Friend,

Did you know that our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce -- the resource that
helps you to shop smarter -- almost didn't happen this year? Industry lobbied the
government to stop releasing the data EWG uses in the Guide and to keep you from
finding out about pesticides in your food. 

EWG fought back and made sure the government released the data, because our top
priority is empowering you with the best possible information to help you make
healthy choices.

But, we can't keep doing our research without your support, and we need you now more
than ever. We need to raise $25,000 by midnight Thursday, July 14 to keep us on
track for our 2011 budget. I'm counting on you to help us get there.

Give $10 or more today, and we'll send you our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in
Produce bag tag. It clips onto your reusable shopping bag to help you make smart
choices about produce while you're shopping, http://tinyurl.com/5rusrza.

For EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, we compiled FDA and USDA data on
pesticides in food and simulated the eating habits of thousands of consumers. EWG
encourages everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables, period; but we've shown that
by eating the right kind of produce, you can reduce your family's exposure to
pesticides by up to 92 percent.

EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce tells you exactly which foods are
most important to buy organic to limit your exposure. 

This seventh edition of EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce almost didn't
happen, but because of the watchdogging work we do with your support, we got the
data you rely on. 

A donation before Thursday, July 14 will give us the ability to keep doing
everything we can to arm consumers like you with the latest information to help you
make sound decisions at the grocery store.  

Don't have your Guide yet? Click here to make an immediate, secure donation of $10
or more to EWG and we'll send you our Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce bag
tag. We need your support to keep empowering consumers with the latest food safety
data, http://tinyurl.com/6c3lyeo.

We recommend buying organic if you can. It's the best way to keep your family safe
from pesticides in fruits and vegetables. But we know that's not always possible, so
we published the research you need to make smart choices. 

We can't keep doing this kind of work without your continued support, so please make
a donation right away.

Sincerely, 

Ken Cook 
President, Environmental Working Group
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