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Press Releases: Food

Press Releases Found: 336
January 28, 2011

World Economic Forum Unveils Tired “Solution” to Global Hunger

Media Statement: “Today, USAID, Unilever and Monsanto unveiled their ‘Realizing a New Vision for Agriculture’ proposal at the World Economic Forum in Davos.” “There is nothing new in this so-called ‘vision’. It comes from the same interests that have set agricultural policy for decades, which has done nothing to demonstrate hunger alleviation around the globe.”

January 25, 2011
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New USDA Policy Will Expand Chinese Poultry Imports

Press Release: On the heels of the recent visit to Washington by China’s President Hu Jintao, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published an interim rule yesterday in the Federal Register that opens the door to poultry and poultry product imports from countries that have experienced outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, including animals raised in the People’s Republic of China.

Chinese poultry product imports will not be immediately permitted since USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) must still approve the poultry slaughtering procedures in China. But the announcement of today’s rule clears a major hurdle in that process.

January 19, 2011
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USDA Records Reveal Political Pressure to Allow Chinese Chicken Imports

Press Release: Washington, D.C. – Food & Water Watch today submitted a Citizen Petition asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to remove the People’s Republic of China from the list of countries eligible to export processed poultry products to the United States.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, Food & Water Watch has found that the USDA’s process for approving a rule that would grant China permission to export processed poultry products to the United States has been flawed and serious mistakes were made due to pressure on the agency to allow the imports to begin as soon as possible.

December 7, 2010
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Groups Ask USDA and DOJ to Stop the Retail Squeeze on Farmers and Consumers

Press Release: Today consumer and farmer groups encouraged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to follow up its final competition workshop tomorrow with concrete actions to address the anti-competitive practices that benefit a few large players in the food system.

December 2, 2010
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Factory Farm Industry Explodes in Michigan Over 10 Years 

Press Release: Washington, D.C. – New data released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch reveals that the number of livestock raised in Michigan increased by almost 40 percent between 2002 and 2007 from more than 285,000 units to 398,000 units. The organization’s updated Factory Farm Map ( charts the concentration of factory farms across the country and the impacts these massive operations have on human health, communities and the environment. The interactive map also illustrates the geographic shift in where and how food is raised in the U.S. and allows anyone to quickly search for the highest concentration of animals by region, state and county.

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Food & Water Watch’s New Factory Farm Map shows huge increase in factory farms in Iowa

Press Release: Washington, D.C.–The total number of livestock raised in Iowa has increased by more than 51 percent in recent years, finds new analysis released today by the national consumer advocacy organization Food & Water Watch. The organization’s updated Factory Farm Map (, which charts the concentration of factory farms across the country and their subsequent affect on human health, communities and the environment, reveals that livestock units in the state increased from 2.2 million units in 2002 to 3.3 million units in 2007. These numbers place Iowa second only to Texas in the number of factory farm livestock.

November 30, 2010
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Factory Farm Nation: Map Charts Unprecedented Growth in Factory Farming in California

Press Release: Although the overall number of livestock farms across the country has decreased, the Food & Water Watch Factory Farm Map illustrates that big operations are getting bigger, with specific regions and states bearing the brunt of intensive animal production. The map highlights California’s Central Valley as a major factory farm center.

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