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As You Sow
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Project Title:
Pesticides and Lead in Food: Shareholder & Prop 65 Action
Consumer Products Fund, 2020
Consumer Products
Project Description:

• Over a billion pounds of conventional pesticides are used in U.S. agriculture each year, with pesticide residues found in 90% of Americans studied. Our goal is to dramatically reduce toxic pesticides in agriculture, beginning with use of glyphosate and other pesticides, especially when used as desiccants. Through shareholder advocacy we will hold consumer-facing food companies—the biggest customers of agricultural commodities—responsible for reducing their suppliers’ pesticide use and delivering on their own “sustainable” and “responsible” sourcing claims
• Medical foods sold by leading manufacturers and intended for patients requiring tube feeding are contaminated with dangerous levels of lead, cadmium, and arsenic. Infants and children especially are vulnerable to heavy metals. We will target medical foods, especially those intended for premature babies, through research/investigation, engagement with the medical community, consumer education, and Prop 65 actions