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The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment, according to the organization's website. The non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. "Do you know what's in your tap water? What about your shampoo? What’s lurking in the cleaners underneath your sink? What pesticides are on your food? How about the farms, fracking wells and factories in your local area? Do you know what safeguards they use to protect your water, soil, air and your kids? Which large agribusinesses get your tax dollars and why? What are GMOs? What do they do to our land and water? More than two decades ago EWG set out to answer these questions, and more."

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Editor’s note: This opinion piece by Sonya Lunder, senior analyst for the Environmental Working Group, is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from an independent nutritionist and the Alliance for Food and Farming, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column. Many shoppers don’t realize that pesticide residues are common on conventionally grown produce – even after it is carefully washed or…