A few days ago, I had the pleasure and great honor of giving a tea in my home for Ken Cook, president and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group (EWG). It was so wonderful to hear him speak about all the work the EWG does to better our world and also to have the opportunity to discuss issues that matter to us such as how very important it is that we all vote YES on Prop 37 in the upcoming November election (prop 37 is only being voted on in California), which will require labeling on all foods and drinks containing GMO’s. I feel that we should have the right to know what’s in the food we buy and that it’s about time!
We also discussed how we can only hope that Johnson & Johnson’s announcement a few months ago that it will be removing potentially harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, from its line of consumer products by the end of 2015, will inspire many more (all!) companies that make consumer products to do the same. I mentioned that it feels like a new age of enlightenment to me, these last 10 years, because over these years, we have been made aware of the toxins in many of the products we all grew up using yet never questioned if they were healthy to use, but only how effective they were.
Blthye Metz, my co-producer on #StopMonsanto film, being photographed photographing me introducing Ken Cook to the intimate group in my living room.
In case you don’t know about the EWG…
Quoting from their site: “The EWG was founded in 1993, and is a national public interest group dedicated to using the power of information to protect public health and the environment.
Their Mission is to protect the most vulnerable segments of the population-children, babies, and infants in the womb-from health problems attributed to toxic contaminants. The EWG works on replacing federal policies, including government subsidies that damage the environment and natural resources, with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development. The EWG also wants to give us all the tools we need to make the best product buying decisions for our families.
The EWG’s research brings to light unsettling facts that you have the right to know about. it shames and shakes up polluters and their representatives. It rattles lawmakers and regulatory agencies, persuading them to rethink science and reshape public policy accordingly. It provides practical information you can use to protect your family and community.
As a 501 non-profit, EWG is nonpartisan and does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.”
Their website is http://www.ewg.org/
Selection of the helpful and informative guides the EWG shares with us.
EWG is a treasure and an invaluable trustworthy resource I go to regularly, and whenever I can, I share monthly updates about in my almanac blog on my site.