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Blog Posts: July 2010

July 30th, 2010

Dubious Health Claims and Toys: How the Industry Sells Junk

Food companies relentlessly target children—and their parents—with faux nutrition labels and shiny plastic toys.

Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, ConAgra Foods, Unilever, General Mills, PepsiCo and Tyson Foods all have a great understanding of nutrition—if they do say so, themselves. They have a select group of “healthy” products that they promote through the front-of-the-package Smart Choices labeling program. Under the program, healthy food for kids includes Fruit Loops, which Smart Choices Board President Eileen T. Kennedy tells us is healthier than a donut.

Do we want food companies teaching our kids about nutrition? Read the full article…

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July 28th, 2010

UN: Water is a Human Right

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution today on the human right to water and sanitation.  The official tabulation: 122 states voted yes, 41 states abstained—including the U.S.—and no state voted against. First things first: Hooray! This is a fantastic victory that finally establishes the critical recognition that all human beings have a right to water—a vital and natural resource upon which all of us depend. Read the full article…

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The CLEAR Act Loses its Point

This week, Congress is voting on the critically important and extremely timely “Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009,” also called the CLEAR Act. The stated purpose of the act was to promote clean energy while heightening safety standards surrounding offshore drilling and other problematic industries in the Gulf. Unfortunately, several important provisions, which would have furthered these stated goals, were dropped from the bill. Read the full article…

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Frack Attack

Pay attention, New York. Don’t let them frack with your water. As of 2010, you have some of the best tasting water in the U.S., something that should make New Yorkers very proud. Today, natural gas drillers are targeting your state. Let’s fast forward to 2020, if the gas drillers get their way: Natural gas drilling has taken over the southern portion of the state, and hydraulic fracturing—also called fracking—has contributed to major contamination of the state’s public water infrastructure. People can’t drink from the tap due to toxic chemicals that have overrun the system. Is this what you want for America’s second-best water? Read the full article…

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July 27th, 2010

The Real Dumb Story of Bottled Water and the Lying Liars Who Tell It (Sorry Al Franken)

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), the public relations arm of the bottled beverage industry, is taking another shot at controlling the message about water. This time, they point to a succession of overturned bans on bottled water to try to convince people that consumers are changing their minds about buying their “products,” the same product that is available without extra packaging from your tap at home. Read the full article…

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July 26th, 2010

Celebrities Spit on Prop 18

Governor Schwarzenegger isn’t the only celebrity weighing in on California’s water future. He may be promoting Proposition 18, a massive $11 billion water bond to help big agribusiness at the expense of essential services (see our Terminator video), but most Californians know the water bond is all wet. With Prop 18’s sagging poll numbers, the Governor and legislative leaders are trying to move the measure until 2012. We asked a few of our friends in Hollywood what they thought of the water bond and the prospect of postponing it for two years. They all had the same reaction: they spit in disgust. We captured it all on video! Read the full article…

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STPP: Not good for me!

Seafood lovers beware: there’s a chemical that threatens to deceive you about the freshness of your flaky fillets of fish. You might be paying more for seafood that contains this chemical, because it can increase the weight of the products to which it’s applied. Worse, you might not even know it’s there, because labeling of this potentially toxic chemical is not mandatory in the U.S.

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July 23rd, 2010

The Rodeo Clowns Take Back the Tap

Jack Johnson takes back the tap with Jim Walsh and volunteers in Holmdel, NJ.

We just got off the bus from our summer tour with Jack Johnson. Yeah, THAT Jack Johnson—the Rodeo Clown, himself. Food & Water Watch was recently selected to receive a generous donation from Jack Johnson’s charitable organization All at Once. We teamed up with Jack and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community, on the Jack Johnson 2010 To The Sea Tour. We were invited to set up informational tables in Johnson’s well-known Village Green, a collection of interactive booths designed to educate, inspire and connect us face-to-face with music fans, water fans, and other local and national non-profits. Read the full article…

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Atlantis: Deeper Than Deepwater Horizon

Yesterday, in a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) took the Bureau of Ocean Energy “Management,” “Regulation,” and “Enforcement” head Michael Bromwich to task for his agency’s notorious failure to ensure that BP’s Atlantis platform is operating safely. His words resonated with us because they echoed questions that we too are eager to have answered. Particularly, why is it that, even after a former BP contractor-turned whistleblower and 36 members of Congress called into question the facility’s unsafe operation, the government is taking so long to investigate these claims?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich to Mr. Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement: "We’ve got to find out whether BP has certified-as-built drawings on file."

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July 21st, 2010

Lavender-Scented Pesticide Lotion

You probably used it this morning, but you just didn’t realize it. As you were going through your morning routine, you may have come across it two or three times. I don’t want to pry, but I’m guessing you used a lovely, scented pesticide and endocrine disruptor when you lathered up, gelled up, shaved, bathed, deodorized, moisturized, immunized and beautified yourself. The pesticide and endocrine disruptor to which I’m referring is called triclosan, and it’s used as an anti-bacterial agent or to preserve cosmetics and household products. It’s also a toxic chemical that threatens public and environmental health, and it’s probably found in many of your lotions, creams, pastes, gels and daily goops. Feel clean? Read the full article…

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