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Blog Posts: June 2010

June 29th, 2010

The Ban Heard 'Round the World

Concord, Mass could end up sparking another shot heard around the world. Well, maybe not a shot – more like a court decision. The town is in the middle of a huge debate over whether or not it’s legal to ban the sale of bottled water there.  At the heart of the issue sits 82-year-old Jean Hill: resident, grandmother, jam maker, and water activist, though she’s no ordinary water activist.  She doesn’t even drink that much water, but she knows a sham when she sees one. Read the full article…

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June 25th, 2010

Where in the World is Brother Dave?

Dave Andrews – or as we affectionately call him: Brother Dave – is the Senior Representative for Food & Water Watch with over 30 years of work on sustainable development, food and water issues, and national/international public policy. To say that Dave travels frequently doesn’t do him justice.  He’s all over the place, and a lot of people in the NGO community seem to know Dave from his work over the past 40 years. People in our office are always asking, “Where is Dave headed now?” In order to keep track of Dave’s travels and the great work he’s doing, we’ve decided to devote an entire blog category to him.  Welcome to the premiere post of Where in the World is Brother Dave?
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Milk is a Battlefield

Not all battles are fought on a battlefield. In fact, in our line of work, we often have to attend workshops and hearings, which comes across as much less glamorous for some reason. This time we head to the halls of the University of Wisconsin – Madison on June 25 to take a stand against factory farms and corporate consolidation in the dairy industry. Read the full article…

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June 22nd, 2010

What Does ‘Sustainable Seafood’ Mean?

The word “sustainable” is often overused to indicate that a practice or product is “green,” “eco-friendly” or a host of other environmentally compatible notions. An article on food activism and dining in the Bay Area about “sustainable seafood” caught my eye recently, and made me wonder: what does “sustainable seafood” really mean? The definition of sustainable seems to vary greatly, depending on who is using it and how. Here’s our take on seafood safety and sustainability: Read the full article…

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June 18th, 2010

Sniffing Out Seafood Safety Standards

If you’re worried about the quality of domestic seafood due to the Gulf oil spill, think twice before you turn to imported seafood as a safer alternative. While many people, such as Change.org’s Sarah Parsons, have been questioning the safety of Gulf seafood, (with food safety officials now employing sniff tests to assess the acceptability of seafood from oil-contaminated areas), few have asked what safety regulations are in place for imported seafood. No matter what your thoughts on the sniff-test method, you should know that imported seafood, which has a lengthy record of safety issues, is barely put to any testing at all. Read the full article…

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June 16th, 2010

David Slays Goliath

The people of Trenton, New Jersey have spoken. If you listen closely, you can hear the shouts of an emphatic, “No!”  79 percent of Trenton residents who voted on a referendum to sell the suburban portion of their water infrastructure to New Jersey American Water Company, have now made it quite clear that they are against privatization.  The “no’s” won it 6,986 to 1,812. Read the full article…

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June 14th, 2010

Prevention starts when we have enough evidence to act

At the heart of the recent President’s Cancer Panel report is a call for a precautionary approach to environmental contaminants and our exposure to them. Our federal agencies, the ones designed to protect us and promote public health, seem to have missed the memo on prevention—a precautionary measure. Read the full article…

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June 11th, 2010

It takes a sardine to raise a village

If you enjoy the taste of sardines, eating them can now be considered a political statement.  By choosing to eat these small “pelagic” inhabitants of the lower end of the food chain, one is rejecting farmed fish, which often consume large quantities of the world’s sardines, anchovies, herring, and other small, wild fish, in the form of aquaculture feed from factory fish farms.  Perhaps, calling sardine consumption activism is a bit exaggerated, but it might help explain the delicate relationship between ocean aquaculture and overall global food security. Read the full article…

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June 7th, 2010

Mom's kicks the bottle habit

Washington Business Journal reported today that Mom’s Organic Market, a local grocery chain with six locations in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, will no longer sell bottled water to their customers. This is great news! The fact that a grocery company has discontinued the sale of bottled water is proof that it can be eliminated from the business model without much of a financial risk for the company.   Read the full article…

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June 4th, 2010

Water: I'll take it, but don't wrap it up

The International Bottled Water Association recently reported a decline in the volume of bottled water sold in the United States for the second consecutive year. After a 2.7 percent decrease in 2009, the industry is looking for new ways to attract consumers to their products. Here are two egregious examples of their targeted marketing efforts: Read the full article…

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