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Blog Posts: August 2009

August 27th, 2009

Send your kids back to school without hazardous chemicals!

Is there a dangerous pesticide, lurking in your child‚ insulated lunch bag? Microban is touting its products as great back-to-school-buys. But Microban is just one trade name for triclosan, a pesticide with serious human and environmental health effects. A known endocrine disruptor, triclosan accumulates in our bodies, disrupting hormone functions. When washed down the drain, it persists in our waterways and is toxic to aquatic life. What’s more, triclosan isn’t even proven to prevent illness! Read the full article…

August 20th, 2009

Is the Bottled Water Trend Spinning Out?

For those of us who’ve devoted a lot of time and thought to battling the absurdly wasteful and disastrously destructive bottled water industry, last week‚ news brought glad tidings.

Firstly, sales of bottled water are down. (Not surprising, given that sales of everything are down, but still, as Wenonah Hauter pointed out in the Washington Post, it‚ great news, and some credit should go where it‚ due.) Second, an independent journalist writing for Mother Jones was arrested and threatened with some less-than-pleasant personal consequences for digging up dirt on Fiji Water. That’s not the good news; the good news is, she got away, and her article brings some shocking revelations about the world‚ most glamorous bottled water brand. Read the full article…

August 13th, 2009

Show us your stuff and win a t-shirt!

Here in DC, weve had some pretty hot days lately. Seems as summer wraps up, were not going to get away without having some good old-fashioned dog days. Whether you’re having a hot sticky mid-Atlantic summer or a dry southwestern one, though‚ or anything in between‚ we all know the one important rule: drink lots of water!

Food & Water Watch has had a summer full of fun, from our rBGH-free road trip, to our summer cooking school with Chef Rocky, to our sustainable seafood rally with local chefs. Now, to wrap it all up, we want YOU to bring the fun with our Take Back the Tap photo contest on Facebook. Read the full article…

August 12th, 2009

CCF Serves Up Some Fishy Calculations

The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) recently launched, an online seafood calculator that claims to quantify the benefits and risks of some of America‚ favorite seafood, showing “how much fish you can safely eat.” While CCF is promoting its calculator as a tool to help consumers make healthy seafood choices, further inspection reveals some fishy calculations and misleading recommendations. Read the full article…

August 11th, 2009

Taking Back the Tap, Miami Dade Style

You might not expect a municipal water utility to run an ad campaign touting its water as “natural, pure, cool, clean, clear.” But that is exactly what the Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department (MDWSD), one of the largest public utilities in the nation, is doing in its countywide campaign aimed at restoring people‚ faith in their tap water.  The department, which serves over 416,000 homes and businesses, hopes to save citizens money, help the environment, and most importantly create a sense of public awareness about water use and management. Read the full article…

August 10th, 2009

Global Land Grab Undermines Food Security in Developing World

Investors are snapping up fields and
forests in some of the poorest developing countries. Governments,
sovereign wealth funds and companies from rapidly industrializing or
oil-rich developing nations have sought or secured between 37 million
and 49 million acres of farmland in the developing world between 2006
and mid 2009. These investments in some of the most productive
agricultural land threaten to further undermine food security and
sustainable rural economic development in the developing world. Read the full article…

August 7th, 2009

We Salute You, Our Devoted Volunteers!

We might meet you at a rally, at a meeting in your hometown, or even at our own office here in D.C. You show up at our office to volunteer after working a full day at your own jobs.  You’re often eager to share your own stories of how you became interested in food safety, or maybe water rights.  You ask us how you can help, and offer any connections you might have.

It‚ YOU all who make us feel great about what we do, and you’re a big reason why we are able to succeed in so many of our campaigns! Read the full article…

August 6th, 2009

Progress: Food Safety Enhancement Act Passes House

…the bill is a positive first step to correcting the deficiencies at
FDA, but there are still some issues that need to be addressed.

The Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives  by a vote of 283-142.  The bill gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new mandates and authority to regulate food safety of the 80% of the food supply that falls under its jurisdiction.  It addresses some of the gaping loopholes in the food safety program at FDA that were tragically exposed by a series of food borne illness outbreaks in recent years that sickened and even killed U.S. consumers.  On balance, the bill is a positive first step to correcting the deficiencies at
FDA, but there are still some issues that need to be addressed as the Read the full article…