Environmental Health

As You Sow’s Environmental Health Program promotes corporate accountability to ensure safe and sustainable food, agriculture, and consumer products. We advocate for transparency, to empower consumers to make healthy decisions, and for use of the precautionary principle, to ensure that new technologies and methods are not used until proven safe.

Companies with strong commitments to public and environmental health and sustainability increase their long-term value and stability, and reduce the potential for costly litigation, unanticipated regulatory changes, and reputational damage.

We work with companies to ensure that:

  • Consumer products are safe and accurately labeled;
  • Human exposure to hazardous or harmful components is avoided or limited;
  • Product testing is thorough and sufficient;
  • Corporate policies and practices are transparent and enforced;
  • The Precautionary Principle is applied, and new technologies and methods are not used until proven safe.

Initiatives within this Program

Antibiotics and Factory Farms
Engaging companies to promote responsible antibiotics use.

GMOs
Raising awareness about the risks of GMOs with the food, beverage, and grocery industries and encourage transparency on their efforts to find and use alternatives.

Nanomaterials
Increasing knowledge and transparency about nanomaterials in the food supply chain.

Smoke-Free Movies
Engaging movie studios to prevent smoking in G, PG, and PG-13 films.

Toxic Enforcement
Enforcing of California's innovative Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65) to protect consumers from exposure to toxic chemicals and toxins.

Other Initiatives
Read about our other initiatives in Environmental Health.

2017 Shareholder Engagements