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Watchdog Website Releases New Profile of Hand-Wringing Environmental Working Group

Today, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, released a comprehensive profile of the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a green group best known for confusing science fiction with science fact. EWG’s public-misinformation campaigns on issues related to food, cosmetics, and farming, have caused unnecessary fear and panic among consumers for 17 years. Fully 79 percent of members of the Society of Toxicology have declared that EWG’s research overstates the health risk of chemicals.

Available exclusively at, this new profile includes an unvarnished look at EWG’s history; a critique of its misuse of science; biographies of principal EWG officers; and a database of the group’s sources. Scientists and scientific organizations have long criticized EWG’s research methods and findings.

“The Environmental Working Group has perfected the art of duping science and health reporters,” said David Martosko, the Center for Consumer Freedom’s Research Director. “This is an organization that never met a food it couldn’t turn into a panicked newspaper headline. Not even vitamin A is safe from EWG’s poison pen.”

The new online profile discusses EWG’s most recent error in scientific judgment: its July 2010 sunscreen guide, which includes a condemnation of retinyl palmitate, a scary-sounding chemical that’s better known as vitamin A. EWG claims it’s a dangerous carcinogen. The Skin Cancer Foundation has disputed EWG’s (non-peer-reviewed) findings, expressing concern that it may lead consumers to forego sunscreen all together.

Martosko continued, “The Environmental ‘Worrying’ Group’s regular assaults on common sense have made it one of the most error-prone activist organizations in America. But now consumers and the media have a one-stop shop for information that can help them fight back.” 

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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