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Wenonah Hauter--One of Seven Women Working to Change the Food System

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Press Releases: Agricultural Policy

Press Releases Found: 44
July 3, 2014

Advocates to Sec. Kerry: Don’t Jeopardize Successful Food Security Program in El Salvador

Press release: Fifty organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry calling on the U.S. government to maintain respect for the government of El Salvador’s procurement of seeds for a successful food security program.

September 13, 2013

Food & Water Watch Calls on O’Malley Administration to Close Loopholes in Phosphorous Regulations

“It is widely known that phosphorous pollution from manure applied to farmland is a major source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Phosphorous pollution creates algae blooms that consume oxygen and create “dead zones” where fish and shellfish cannot survive, block sunlight that is needed for underwater Bay grasses and smother aquatic life on the floor of the Bay.

“EPA statistics reveal that agriculture alone contributes 42 percent of the phosphorous pollution in the Bay; manure accounts for 37 percent of the loads of phosphorus to the waterway. This isn’t surprising since there are over 304 million chickens raised in Maryland that produce 1.3 billion pounds of waste annually, much of which gets dumped untreated onto fields, where it can leach into groundwater or run-off into the Bay.

“Farmland in the Lower Eastern Shore, where the chicken industry is most active, is already saturated with phosphorus. According to researchers, up to 80 percent of the fields sampled on the Lower Eastern Shore contain so much phosphorus that they simply can’t absorb anymore. Worse yet, a recent study suggests that even if phosphorous application were stopped today, it would take decades to reduce phosphorous levels in soils sufficient to protect our waterways.

August 30, 2013

Next Labor Day, You Could be Serving Chicken from China at Your Holiday Picnic

Statement from Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter Washington, D.C.—“It’s common practice for government agencies to release information they hope to sneak past consumers on Friday afternoons before a holiday weekend. So it’s not surprising that this afternoon the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) gave the green light to certain chicken [...]

August 26, 2013

Four Groups Petition Court for Permission to Defend COOL

Press Release: Four groups representing, farmers and ranchers, rural communities and consumers filed court papers on Friday, Aug. 23, to defend mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) from a spurious lawsuit filed by the meatpacking industry.

July 2, 2013

Six Months Later, U.S. Still Importing Contaminated Meat From Australia

Media Statement: We’re calling on Secretary Vilsack to start the process to revoke the equivalency status of Australia’s privatized inspection system AEMIS. The latest import rejections for visible fecal and ingesta contamination point to a failed system.

July 1, 2013

Superweeds and Herbicide Use On the Rise

Press Release: A report released today by Food & Water Watch analyzes the connection between the rapid proliferation of GE crops and affiliated pesticides in the United States and the rise of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” that have led to the steadily increasing use of more dangerous herbicides.

June 20, 2013

A Shocking Defeat of Farm Bill in a Sideshow of Partisan Grandstanding

Media Statement: The stunning defeat of the House Farm Bill demonstrates how dysfunctional the House of Representatives has become

June 10, 2013

What Little Difference a Year Makes: Senate-Passed Farm Bill Nibbles Around Edges of Broken Food System

Media Statement: Today, the U.S. Senate passed a farm bill that did little to address the stranglehold that food processing firms have over America’s unsustainable and unfair food system. The Senate fiddled with minutiae but did nothing to stem the rising tide of mergers, takeovers and buyouts that further consolidates the food and agribusiness landscape.

May 23, 2013

USDA COOL Rule Stands up for U.S. Consumers and Producers

Media Statement: Food & Water Watch commends USDA for listening to tens of thousands of consumers and hundreds of farm, consumer, rural, faith, food and environmental groups and releasing a final rule on country origin labeling (COOL) that makes sensible changes to the labeling requirements for meat.

May 14, 2013

Biotech Ambassadors: Diplomacy or Marketing?

Press Release: Biotech Ambassadors: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda examines more than 900 State Department diplomatic cables from 2005 to 2009 and details how the U.S. State Department lobbies foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws, operates a rigorous public relations campaign to improve the image of biotechnology and challenges commonsense biotechnology safeguards and rules — including opposing genetically engineered (GE) food labeling laws.

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