July 6th, 2009
Those of us who grew up in the 1950‚ fondly remember the Nestle‚ television and radio commercials featuring the wooden puppets Danny ODay and his trusty basset hound sidekick Farfel extolling the virtues of the company‚ cocoa powder for milk. For those who were not yet born to experience such great culture, Danny ODay would sing: ‚N-E-S-T-L-E-S. Nestle‚ makes the very best” and Farfel would chime in ‚Cha-a-aw-klit.” (If you want to see what I am talking about, there are various renditions of the commercial on the Internet). Back then, Nestle‚ had a wholesome image among U.S. consumers. Read the full article…
June 16th, 2009
It seems like year after year the same ol battle wages on about whether or not the U.S. should keep a ban on importing chicken from China. And the same players are behind the effort this year (who else but Big Ag?), working hard to pressure the Obama administration and Congress to lift the ban.
While visiting Chinese facilities a few years ago, U.S. inspectors found defective equipment, lack of employee hygiene, unsanitary conditions, and an absence of regulations requiring pre-shipment testing for Salmonella, E. coli and other contaminants. And don’t forget about the hundreds of other products from China, ranging from seafood to cosmetics, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration blocked at the border in recent years because they contained dangerous substances or violated other rules. Read the full article…
June 12th, 2009
I’ve never been much of a milk drinker. Born with extremely picky taste buds, I would only pour it into my cereal or use it in some pancake mix. Taste wasn’t too much of an issue for me, so frankly, the amount of fat was all I considered when purchasing milk. Of course everything is way more complicated than that, and growing up I learned about organic milk, but I’ve found even that discussion has its problems. As a new Food & Water Watch (FWW) intern, I’ve learned that there are a large number of factors to bear in mind when buying milk. It’s not only about personal health but also treatment of cattle and environmental impact. Read the full article…
Posted in Antibiotics
Ever since I learned about the dangers of triclosan, Ive started looking, really looking, before I buy. Triclosan is a pesticide that is often used in personal care products like toothpaste, face-wash, hand and dish soap and laundry detergent. Manufacturers add triclosan to these products in order to make the claim that their product is antibacterial and protects against disease.
But the reality is that triclosan is no more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness. In 2000, the American Medical Association (AMA) said ‚there is little evidence to support the use of antimicrobials in consumer products.” Similarly, in 2005, an FDA panel of experts voted 11 to 1 that antibacterial soaps were no more effective than regular soap and water in fighting infections. So really, the manufacturers of these products are just fear mongering and trying to convince consumers that bacteria are enemy number one. Read the full article…
June 11th, 2009
“The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000.”
Narrates Michael Pollan at the beginning of a new movie entitled Food, Inc., hitting select theaters this Friday.
Joining the ranks of food documentaries, there are so many recently, there should be a new genre of film, foodiementaries anyone? – Food, Inc. goes behind the scenes of our nation‚ supermarkets and behind the machines of agribusiness. Many of the issues they tackle are right up our alley, including the numerous problems that put consumer safety, the livelihood of the American farmers, and the health of our environment at risk. Read the full article…
June 5th, 2009
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May 7th, 2009
Swine flu, or the H1N1 virus, has dominated every major news outlet for the past couple of weeks , and justly so. It has sickened over a thousand people, killed almost thirty, and created widespread panic that has crippled the travel industry and damaged the already floundering world economy.
Much of the chatter revolving around swine flu is whether or not it was a result of the conditions at a factory farm in Mexico owned in part by Smithfield. While there has been no definitive link established to the factory farm, this flu strain did have its genetic root in flu strains present on hog farms in the 1990s, according to virologists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
If anything positive has come out of this mess, it‚ that some long-overdue attention is being paid to the potential public health impacts of industrialized livestock production. Before swine flu became a household word communities all over this country, and increasingly around the world, have been burdened with health problems caused by these polluting facilities. Read the full article…
May 4th, 2009
Last week, Food & Water Watch launched a new online interactive tool for you to learn more about where your produce is coming from. The tool is called the “Global Grocer,” and it was inspired by a recent Food & Water Watch report entitled The Poisoned Fruit of American Trade Policy.
Why is it so important to know where your produce is coming from? It’s because, as discussed in the report, Americans are now buying more imported produce than ever before. The concern with that comes from some countries not having equivalent food safety standards, combined with the Food & Drug Administration inspecting less than one percent of food shipments coming into the country. In addition, country-of-origin labeling rules have enough loopholes in them that much of this produce goes unlabeled.
So what exactly is the “Global Grocer”? It is a virtual supermarket, in which you can fill your shopping cart with a variety of fruits and vegetables, and then learn the probabilities of those products being imported and where from. In other words, it is a fun and informative way to learn about food safety, and find out which are the smart decisions to make while shopping for produce.
To give the “Global Grocer” a test drive, you can check it out here. We would also like to thank Poccuo, a local Washington, DC company, for helping us put this project together. Enjoy!
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April 20th, 2009
It’s that time of year again! Wednesday April 22nd is Earth Day, with this year marking the event‚ 39th anniversary. In this spirit, Food & Water Watch is attending a series of events throughout the country for current and new activists, and we would love to see you there!
Even if you can’t make it to an event, there are a variety of ways to get involved. You could take action on any number of issues, such as fish farming, strengthening our food safety laws, improving our water infrastructure, fighting bottled water, and more. You can also host a film screening in your area , just contact us to find out how!
Thanks for all of the great work, and have a happy Earth Day!
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March 30th, 2009
The renewed congressional effort to reform America‚ broken food safety system has brought a flurry of food safety bills on Capitol Hill. Strangely, the strongest bill for consumers has received a lot of unfounded negative attention lately. Representative Rosa DeLauro’s Food Safety Modernization Act – H.R. 875 – will go a long way in modernizing and overhauling the Food and Drug Administration and give consumers the food protection they deserve.
Unfortunately, the rumor mill has misled the public about the legislation. FactCheck.org, a reputable group known for its objective and unbiased look into TV ads, debates, speeches and interviews, sifted through the misinformation to assess what is H.R. 875 fact and what is fiction. Read the full article…