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Press Releases: Food

Press Releases Found: 314
March 27, 2015
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Obama’s Antibiotic Plan Fails to Address Overuse on Factory Farms

Today the White House released its ‘National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria,’ which is intended to protect the public from antibiotic resistant infections. Unfortunately, the plan falls short the plan falls short of protecting the public from this looming public health crisis in that it fails to adequately address the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms, relying on FDA’s limited efforts to change practices through voluntary guidance.

March 12, 2015

USGS Points to Big Ag as Cause of Eastern Shore Nutrient Pollution

“A new report released today by the United States Geological Survey (http://fwwat.ch/1HMe193) found that concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are among the highest in the nation and attributes these pollutant loads primarily to agricultural activities. The Eastern Shore is home to giant chicken companies like Perdue who leave behind hundreds of millions of pounds of animal waste on the ground each year, while refusing to contribute to the clean up of the Bay. Instead, the USGS report also notes that historic levels of taxpayers’ dollars are being used to clean up Perdue’s and other chicken companies’ wastes. Tomorrow, the state assembly’s Environment and Transportation Committee is holding a hearing on a piece of legislation call the Bay Tax Equity Act that requires these billion dollar companies to finally contribute their fair share to the cost of Bay restoration and ease the burden on taxpayers. Now is the time to correct this injustice and hold big poultry companies accountable for their waste.”

March 4, 2015
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Over 4 Million People Press Obama to Protect Bees

A coalition of beekeepers, farmers, business leaders, environmental and food safety advocates rallied in front of the White House and delivered more than 4 million petition signatures today calling on the Obama administration to put forth strong protections for bees and other pollinators.

February 26, 2015
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USDA Records Reveal Staffing Shortages Undermining Food Safety

Press Release: These records document the number of inspection tasks that were not performed and the most common reasons why over a two-year period, revealing that for meat and poultry, inadequate staffing and turn around times were often to blame.

February 19, 2015
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Food & Water Watch Commends FTC Action to Block Sysco-US Foods Merger

Media Statement: Today, the Federal Trade Commission appropriately sued to block the merger between Sysco and US Foods, demonstrating that U.S. antitrust laws can have some teeth.

February 13, 2015

USDA Approves GMO Apples Despite Opposition from Apple Industry and Consumers

Media Statement: Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ genetically engineered Arctic Apples.

Food & Water Watch Seeks Overturn of Court Decision Allowing Implementation of New Poultry Inspection System

Press Release: Food & Water Watch filed notice that it would ask a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court’s decision earlier in the week that ruled it lacked jurisdiction to stop the implementation of the USDA’s New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) rules.

February 12, 2015

Advocates Urge FDA to Halt Risky GMO Mosquito Release

Press Release: Food & Water Watch urged the FDA to prevent Oxitec from releasing millions of unregulated genetically GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys this spring and to require the company to submit to a formal agency review.

February 9, 2015
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Ranchers, Consumers Applaud Dismissal of COOL Lawsuit

Press Release: Industry opponents to the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) law dropped their longstanding case against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Two New Bills Will Bring Equity to Farmers and Bay Restoration Efforts

Annapolis, MD—Maryland Senator Richard Madaleno (D-18) introduced two pieces of legislation on the Senate floor today that will create new protections for poultry contract growers while also bringing equity to ongoing efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay by requiring some of the biggest polluters of the Bay to contribute to conservation measures. Madaleno’s sponsorship of the Farmers’ Rights Act and the Bay Tax Equity Act is a critical first step toward correcting injustices within Maryland’s agricultural sector that have had a negative impact on the livelihoods of local growers and the health of the Bay.

The Farmers’ Rights Act will help Maryland lawmakers take meaningful steps toward protecting the region’s contract growers from the often-abusive practices of giant poultry companies by putting forth a set of guaranteed grower’s rights, while prohibiting many of the abusive practices, that force contract growers into poor working conditions and leave them with a tremendous amount of debt.

The Bay Tax Equity Act, which is a new version of legislation introduced last year, will hold Maryland’s poultry companies, some of the biggest polluters of the Bay, partially accountable for their contribution to nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay by requiring them to pay their fair share towards the necessary costs of Bay restoration. The bill would require poultry companies to contribute to the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Cover Crop program, a $20 million per year initiative designed largely to address the massive amounts of excess chicken waste produced on the Eastern Shore where the chicken companies operate. Presently, this program is funded entirely by state taxpayers, including the diversion of funds from the annual $60 tax placed on the state’s septic users. By shifting the financial burden of the Cover Crop program over to the profitable companies who create the problem in the first place, the BTEA would allow 100 percent of the septic money collected to go towards the critical need of upgrading the state’s septic systems.

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