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March 10, 2010
Media Alert: The USDA and DOJ will be holding the first ever anti-trust hearing on corporate concentration and lack of competition in agriculture. Unfortunately, their panels will be hearing from too many corporate special interests. Join Food & Water Watch the day before for the people’s anti-trust hearing, “Unleash Food Democracy: Taking on Corporate Power in our Food Supply.”
February 25, 2010
Statement from Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch: In a new report to Congress on the state of food safety systems in the People’s Republic of China, the USDA seems to be confused about its mission – to protect the American public from unsafe food and promote U.S. agriculture. The USDA was required by Congress to submit the report as part of the FY 2010 appropriations bill. In the report, the USDA was charged with determining whether China can safely export processed poultry products to the United States.
December 22, 2009
Groups Applaud American Public Health Association for Opposition to Hormone Use in Beef and Dairy Production
Washington, D.C.–Public health and consumer groups today applauded the decision of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to oppose the use of growth hormones in beef and dairy production by calling for a ban on the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) in dairy cows and a slate of growth hormones in beef cattle.
December 10, 2009
As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to discuss climate change and strategies to prevent and alleviate effects on our planet, Food & Water Europe remains acutely aware of half-hearted solutions that such meetings typically bring. A new factsheet issued today by the consumer group focuses on the lack of willingness to address in a meaningful manner the impact of industrial agriculture on the climate.
December 9, 2009
Sacramento, Calif. , Food & Water Watch, Community Water
Center, the California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance and four other
organizations delivered a petition today to California‚ Central Valley
Regional Water Quality Control Board (the Board) asking the Board to strengthen
its groundwater-monitoring program around the region‚ dairies. As currently
December 3, 2009
“Food & Water Watch‚ campaign to give public schools the option of serving artificial hormone-free or organic milk proves that grassroots action really works. As a result of public pressure, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) directed state and regional directors of nutrition programs to allow these healthier options in school cafeterias.
November 5, 2009
Today, the Ohio Elections Commission acted to deny Food & Water Watch’s constitutional right of free speech to discuss the connection between confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) and swine flu. The Commission‚ panel decided to allow the Ohioans for Livestock Care (OLC) PAC, a front group for the industrialized livestock industry, to pursue its claim that radio ads about Issue 2 may have contained a false statement.
November 4, 2009
Washington, D.C. — The Farm Bureau-sponsored campaign to change Ohio‚ constitution and give industrialized agriculture control over livestock issues succeeded with the passage of ballot Issue 2. Consumers, small family farmers and the neighbors of large, industrialized animal operations are the losers.”
November 2, 2009
Washington, D.C. — “As the campaign over Issue 2, a proposal to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, comes down to the wire, the livestock industry is trying one last trick to squelch the debate. Recently, Food & Water Watch placed radio ads throughout Ohio to warn Ohio voters that Issue 2 would create a board that is dominated by factory farms. The Ohioans for Livestock Care PAC pressured the media to pull our message off the air by contacting Clear Channel Communications, Inc., owner of the radio stations currently set to run our ads. Now, they have filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission alleging that the ads contain “false statements” about how Issue 2 would put the livestock industry in charge of writing its own rules, and that factory farms put the public at risk for diseases like E. coli and swine flu.
October 1, 2009
Statement: “Consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch is disappointed that Congress will not be able to re-write the 2004 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act so that schoolchildren will have access to safe and wholesome milk before it expires on September 30. The Congress will pass an extension for the 2004 Act — a law that includes the nutritional requirements for students who participate in the National School Lunch Program — without providing an option for schoolchildren to have access to artificial hormone-free milk. The failure of Congress to act in time leaves children susceptible to the dangers associated with drinking milk produced with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH).