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Press Releases: Environment

Press Releases Found: 29
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.

January 16, 2013

Cashing Out Our Clean Air and Water with Pollution Trading

Pollution Trading: Cashing Out Our Clean Air and Water documents government-sanctioned pollution reduction programs that provide a market place for trading credit allotments in an effort to offset harmful discharges. But these mechanisms don’t deter industrial pollution. In fact, they give companies an opportunity to pay and trade for the “right” to pollute.

December 20, 2012

Court Lets Perdue Off the Hook for Devastating Pollution of Chesapeake Bay by Its Contract Grower

Food & Water Watch is disappointed by the Court’s decision issued in the Perdue trial today in which the Judge declined to find Perdue liable for the significant levels of pollution coming from one of its contract poultry growing operations on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

November 2, 2012

Farmers Pay the Price for Consolidation in Organic Food Industry

Organic food has become big business and the largest food manufacturers have rapidly taken over the organic food sector, sweeping formerly independent businesses into large food conglomerates. An analysis released today by the national consumer group Food & Water Watch found that the farmers who grow organic crops and raise organic livestock now face the same forces of corporate consolidation that dominate the conventional food industry, with a declining number of buyers putting downward pressure on the prices farmers receive.

Consolidation of Hog Industry Drains Iowa’s Rural Economies

Iowa produces more pigs than any other state in the country. In years past, hog farming and pork processing boosted Iowa’s rural economies. But as the pork packing industry consolidated, the economic benefits of the hog sector shifted from rural Iowa to Wall Street. Today, growth in the consolidated hog industry has become a mechanism for draining value from, not adding to, Iowa’s rural economies.

July 20, 2012

Agricultural Offsets Won’t Improve California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Media Statement: The recent news that American Carbon Registry approved a new methodology for estimating nitrous oxide (N20) emissions from fertilizer application in agriculture renews our concern that California is considering allowing agricultural offsets in its carbon cap-and-trade program. Allowing these offsets would make an already risky program even worse for the residents of California.

May 21, 2012

Pickens Dumps Chesapeake, Showing that Natural Gas “Boom” is a Bust


Press Statement: “T. Boone Pickens’s recent divestment from Chesapeake Energy shows that natural gas is a house of cards, and that even one of its biggest cheerleaders has grown wise to this fact.”

May 15, 2012

Citizens, Groups Calling for a Ban on Fracking in California

Press Release: At a press conference today with one of the country’s largest urban oil fields in the background, national consumer organization Food & Water Watch joined with Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland, Environment California, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, Grassroots Coalition, and residents of surrounding neighborhoods to call for a ban on the controversial oil and gas practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California. Already, 50,000 Californians have signed Food & Water Watch and CREDO Action petitions supporting a ban.

May 1, 2012
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Food & Water Watch Applauds North Carolina for Cautious Approach to Fracking

“Today the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) released its final report on the potential impacts of legalizing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state. The final report concludes that the current ban should remain in place indefinitely.

April 26, 2012

USDA Receives Over 365,000 Public Comments Opposing Approval of 2,4-D-Resistant, GE Corn

Press Release: Over 140 groups and more than 365,000 citizens from across the country are urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reject a Dow Chemical application seeking approval of a controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn that is resistant to the hazardous herbicide 2,4-D. In addition to the public comments, 143 farm, environmental, health, fisheries groups and companies will submit a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing their overwhelming opposition to this crop. The comments and letter will be submitted when USDA’s public comment period ends this Friday, April 27.

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