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Press Releases: Common ResourcesPress Releases Found: 32
August 6, 2015
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Press Release: Today Food & Water Watch, represented by both the Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center (“MAELC”) and the Widener University Delaware Law School Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, sent Mountaire Farms, Inc. a notification that the organization is prepared to file suit if the company continues to violate the Clean Water Act at its poultry processing facility in Selbyville, Delaware.
August 3, 2015
Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch Washington, D.C. The Obama administration announced today the final version of its latest plan to combat climate change. The “Clean Power Plan” sets targets for each state to lower carbon emissions, but does not specify how states should meet their targets. If a state […]
July 28, 2015
Food & Water Watch called on the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) today to reject the stock registration filings of AquaBounty Technologies (ABTX), the maker of genetically engineered salmon, based on misleading and erroneous claims the company is making in its attempts to join the NASDAQ stock exchange.
June 23, 2015
Media Statement: Today, the Senate narrowly approved a procedural motion to pass a degraded version of the Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority that passed last month.
June 18, 2015
Media Statement: “Today, the Republican leadership rammed undemocratic stand-alone Fast Track legislation, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, through the House of Representatives. This bill puts transnational corporate interests ahead of the American people.
Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch Washington, DC — “Pope Francis is reiterating what scientists and advocates have been saying for years: we need to reduce carbon emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change. But it’s his bold and honest analysis of pollution trading that is most noteworthy. “The pope has cut […]
June 12, 2015
Today, the House of Representatives put consumers, workers and the environment first when it blocked the easy passage of the Senate-passed Fast Track, also known as Trade Promotion Authority. The House of Representatives blocked one-half of the Fast Track measure in a lopsided bipartisan vote, which will prevent Fast Track from going to the President’s desk.
“Finally, Congress stood up to the Big Business interests pushing Fast Track, which derails the as-yet-unseen Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact that will undermine key consumer, public health and environmental protections, and other trade deals that follow. Although the House narrowly passed the Fast Track measure itself, the other portion of the legislation covering worker trade assistance failed.
May 14, 2015
“Consumers deserve to know how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could affect the safety of the food they feed their families. Food & Water Watch commends Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) for demanding that the Obama administration release the food safety language in the proposed TPP.
“The controversial trade deal with eleven Pacific Rim nations could erode our capacity to prevent unsafe food imports from entering the U.S. food supply. More imports will mean that a smaller share of imported food and fish will be inspected at the border, while the structural TPP food safety provisions could undermine critical U.S. import surveillance and food safety standards.
May 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace began running television advertisements in Portland, Ore. and Washington, D.C., condemning Representative Blumenauer’s (D-Ore.) endorsement of the ‘fast track’ Trade Promotion Authority bill—legislation that would expedite approval of large trade agreements being negotiated by the Obama administration: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
On April 16, fast track legislation sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and House Ways and Means Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was introduced. Representative Blumenauer came out in support of Fast Track in a joint op-ed with Senator Wyden in The Oregonian. Representative Blumenauer then joined Representative Ron Kind (D-Wis.) as the only two Democrats to vote for the bill in the House Ways and Means Committee.
April 16, 2015
Today, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced their Fast Track trade promotion legislation (The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, TPA-2015) that includes provisions that would weaken consumer protections, undermine U.S. food safety standards and prevent commonsense food labeling. The legislation is nearly identical to the measure Senator Hatch introduced last year that failed to garner Congressional approval. It replicates the provisions of Fast Track bills from bygone eras (in 1991 and 2002 in the buildup to NAFTA and CAFTA) and deprives Congress of its constitutionally mandated role in setting U.S. policy in a more complex international commercial landscape.
“Congress should reject this retrograde Fast Track trade legislation that is designed to usher in the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade deal that is a raw deal for consumers,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The fine print in Fast Track contains an all-out attack on America’s consumer protection and food safety laws.”
The legislation dismisses the importance of food safety and consumer protection in trade negotiations, although unsafe imported foods and products have deluged consumers over the past twenty years of corporate-driven globalization. The bill specifically only allows trade negotiators to “take into account” (not “obtain” or “ensure”) the “legitimate health or safety [and] consumer interests,” relegating these safeguards to second class status behind mandatory objectives for business interests and allowing unelected trade negotiators to decide which U.S. consumer protections are “legitimate” (Sec. 2(a)(13)).