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Press Releases Found: 291
September 30, 2009
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Ohio ACT Coalition Launched to Fight Agribusiness Initiative

Press release: Ohio Against Constitutional Takeover (Ohio ACT), a new coalition representing Ohio farmers and consumers, has emerged to prevent corporate agribusiness from cementing its influence into the Ohio state constitution through the November 3rd ballot initiative known as Issue 2. The coalition was created to oppose Issue 2, which would amend the Ohio Constitution to create an appointed Board with unchecked power over livestock regulation.

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Conditions Met– Congress Approves Chinese Chicken Imports

Statement: “Today, the House-Senate Conference Committee on the FY 2010 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Appropriations reached an agreement on the importation of processed poultry and processed poultry products from the People’s Republic of China, provided that several conditions were met. The U.S. Congress enacted bans on the importation of such products for FY 2008 and FY 2009 because the Bush Administration rushed the approval process through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) even though its own inspectors found serious food safety problems in Chinese poultry processing and slaughter facilities when audits were conducted of those facilities in 2004 and 2005.

September 15, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Hands Petition to Members of Congress Calling for Continued Ban on Chinese Chicken

Press Release: Food & Water Watch today handed a petition containing over 17,000 signatures from all 50 states to members of Congress and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), calling for the continued ban on processed poultry imports from China. The petition was delivered to Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Mark L. Pryor (D-AR), and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Kohl and DeLauro are co-chairs of the joint House-Senate conference committee that is considering the ban.

September 11, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Joins No Impact Man to Promote Sustainable Food and Water Systems

Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter hosted the premier screening of the documentary film No Impact Man at the Angelika Film Center in New York, NY. The event marked the launch of the consumer advocacy organization’s joint effort with author Colin Beaven to promote the need for safe food and clean water resources. Following the film Hauter spoke with the audience about the social and environmental impacts of consumer food and water choices.

September 10, 2009
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Private produce safety rules burden smaller-scale, diversified farms, threaten conservation, lack transparency, new report finds

Press Release: Private industry food safety protocols for produce farmers are not based on independent science and are biased against smaller-scale, diversified farms and those using sustainable production methods, finds a new report issued today by Food & Water Watch and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. “Bridging the GAPs: Strategies to Improve Produce Safety, Preserve Farm Diversity and Strengthen Local Food Systems,” by Elanor Starmer and Marie Kulick, analyzes common, non-regulatory food safety protocols for produce growers including, the federal Good Agriculture Practices, the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, industry “super metrics,” and international food safety protocols.

August 6, 2009
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Latest Beef Recall Confirms USDA Must Fix Flawed Salmonella Testing Program to Protect Consumers

Press Statement: Today‚ announcement by Beef Packers, Inc. that it is recalling over 800,000 pounds of ground beef due to Salmonella contamination is a vivid reminder of the consequences of gaping holes in our food safety system.

July 28, 2009
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Food & Water Watch to Congress: Start Equivalency Process from Scratch for Chinese Imports

Press Release: Today, Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, testified before the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration and recommended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) restart its approval process in granting China equivalency status before importing processed poultry products.

July 10, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Launches Healthy School Milk or Bust" Tour Across the Midwest

Press Release: Today, Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, kicked off its “Healthy School Milk or Bust” tour and hit the road to secure healthy milk for schoolchildren. Traveling in a cow-themed van from July 10th – July 20th, Food & Water Watch will be visiting county fairs, farmers markets and senators offices in six states to gear up for this year’s re-authorization of the Child Nutrition Act — a bill that is designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children through the National School Lunch Program and other feeding programs.

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Food & Water Watch Disputes Obama Administration‚ Reliance on Trade, Biotechnology to Combat Global Hunger and Poverty

Press Statement: Today, the Obama administration announced a new approach to combating global hunger and poverty that merely dusts off the tired, failed approaches of the Bush years — more free trade and the adoption of biotechnology (suggested by the “access to better seeds” language in the G8 Joint Statement on global food security). Renewed focus and funding for programs that energize rural communities around the world and alleviate hunger are desperately needed, but the plan announced today cannot achieve these goals. A bold, new approach is needed. More free trade and biotechnology are not new ideas — they are the darling twins of the agribusiness industry.

July 7, 2009
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White House Delivers Mixed Bag on Food Safety

Press Statement: Today’s announcement of key findings by the Obama Administration’s Food Safety Working Group brings long overdue improvements to some existing policies and charges federal agencies with new programs that must be developed extremely carefully to avoid doing more harm than good.

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